Dirler-Cadé "Spiegel Grand Cru" 2013

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

Crisp and vibrant. Citrus and stone fruits, almond paste, marmalade.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Spiegel Grand Cru from Dirler-Cadé needs some time to open up. When it does it shows its complexity with some sweetness, almond paste and fruity aromas.

The mouthfeel of this Riesling Grand Cru is crisp and clean.

On the mouth there is a vibrant, peppery acidity that extends the long aftertaste. It also shows hints marmalade-y botrytis. This wine is fresher and more citrussy than the Kitterlé but also less dense.

Good Spiegel Rieslings are characterized by notes of aromatic herbs and are slow to develop. The greatest Spiegel Rieslings require at least 15 years to finally show all they’ve got. This Rieslings develop slowly, eventually showing also aromatic herb notes among other aromas.

Unfortunately, most people drink them up much sooner. We are keep our bottles in the cellar to try them when they are passed their 15th birthday!

Score 93

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Dirler-Cadé "Spiegel Grand Cru" 2013
Spiegel Grand Cru (2013) Review
Estate making Spiegel Grand Cru Estate Dirler-Cadé
Spiegel Grand Cru (2013) Label Spiegel Grand Cru
Style of Spiegel Grand Cru Style White & Still
Country of Dirler-Cadé Country France
Region of Dirler-Cadé Region Alsace
Grape blend of Spiegel Grand Cru Grapes Riesling
Vintage of Spiegel Grand Cru Vintage 2013
My review of Spiegel Grand Cru Points

How it's made

Biodynamic! 20% of the grapes were hit by noble rot.


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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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