Dirler-Cadé "Kessler Grand Cru" 2012

100% Riesling
A still white wine from the Alsace region of France.

Aromatic, complex, rich. Apricot, crystallised ginger, quince.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 Dirler Cadé Grand Cru Kessler opens on the nose with captivating aromas of apricot and crystallized ginger.

This Riesling is powerful in the typical Kessler style, with honeyed ginger and quince flavours.

On the mouth there is an attractive, bright acidity that will keep this wine evolving beautifully for many years.

It finishes tactile and long.

Score 94

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Dirler-Cadé "Kessler Grand Cru" 2012
Kessler Grand Cru (2012) Review
Estate making Kessler Grand Cru Estate Dirler-Cadé
Kessler Grand Cru (2012) Label Kessler Grand Cru
Style of Kessler Grand Cru Style White & Still
Country of Dirler-Cadé Country France
Region of Dirler-Cadé Region Alsace
Grape blend of Kessler Grand Cru Grapes Riesling
Vintage of Kessler Grand Cru Vintage 2012
My review of Kessler Grand Cru Points

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Dirler-Cadé estate is located in Alsace. It was first created as Dirler Wines by Jean Dirler in the village of Bergholtz in 1871. Still family run, the estate was named Dirler-Cadé in 2000 after the winery took over Ludivine’s Cadé parent’s plots of vines. The business operates 18 hectares (43.2 acres) of vines, 42% of which are classified Saering, Spiegel, Kessler or Kitterlé Grand Cru.

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White grape variety

Riesling is a white grape variety native to the Rhine Valley. Riesling is a flowery, almost perfumed grape variety with high acidity and flowery, almost perfumed aromas. It’s used to make white wines that are dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling. Riesling wines are almost never oaked and are normally varietally pure. Riesling was the world’s 20th most planted variety in 2004, with 48,700 hectares, but it is typically included in the “top three” white wine varieties, alongside Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc, in terms of value for quality wines. Riesling is a terroir-expressive variety, which means that the character of Riesling wines is strongly influenced by the wine’s roots.

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Place in European Collectivity of Alsace, France

Alsace is a cultural zone and a territorial collectivity in Eastern France, bordering Germany and Switzerland on the west side of the upper Rhine. It had a population of 1,889,589 people in 2017.

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