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Bott Geyl Gewurztraminer "Clos des 3 Chemins" 2013 (50cl)

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"(RP=93) The 2013 Gewurztraminer Clos des Trois Chemins Vieilles Vignes is a truly remarkable wine and a great rarity too. Sourced from a 1 ha clos in the village of Mittelwihr which had been planted at the end of the First World War and, according to a geological study made during the 1960s, is one of the two best terroirs of Gewurztraminer in Alsace, was split between two producers. Facing south/southeast, the vines root in chalky marl soils with a bedrock of sandstone and quartzite and, in 2013, gave a very complex yet refined and tension-filled Gewurztraminer of excellent quality. In 2015, however, Jean-Christophe Bott replanted the whole plot on low-yielding root-stocks and with a density of 6,700 vines per hectare (a lot for Gewurztraminer taking into account its vigorous canopy). The 2013, still from the old vines, opens deep, fresh and pure on the nose, displaying aromatic orange fruit and spicy mineral (flinty) flavors. Beautifully fresh, piquant and salty on the palate, this well-structured, tension-filled and vibrating mineral wine reveals a very long and stimulating finish. Highly recommended. (AG=92+) Bright, gold-tinged yellow. Refined nuances of lemon and jasmine add lift to richer, more concentrated aromas of sweet spices, mirabelle and orange oil. Then bright, dense and juicy, with a multilayered personality and outstanding depth to the pure lemon, marmalade and floral flavors. The spicy, fruity finish is explosive and very long. This little-known site is located at the foot of the Mandelberg vineyard on light sandstone over calcareous subsoil; in fact, I daresay this wine showcases the lightness given by sandstone and the length and depth of the calcaire. This was BottŠ—Ès first vintage of this wine: he has a rental agreement, but given the wineŠ—Ès quality IŠ—Èd suggest he look to buy as soon as possible. (JS=89) A dense and sweet white with some lemon curd and dried pineapple. Hints of ginseng too. Full body, very sweet. A little dull. Drink now."