Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Young Laible, Old Vines

Alexander Laible Riesling ***
Alte Reben trocken 2007
Baden, Germany
Oh yes...I like this one.
One of my likes when popping a cork..is the instant whiff that has you jogging to the glass cabinet. Not so in this case....no cork. Screwcap..still had me jogging though...
I mentioned on a previous post how this new venture started...
The Weissburgunder had been pleasant..but the family Laible are know for their Rieslings.
At first the imprssion is a typical young Riesling....but there is a whole lot more here.
Traces of lavender...some peach and a tight spicyness....still....this doesn't prepare you for the first mouthful....mid-weight...compact..minerals...that 'old vine' taste...fills the palate..just a touch of acidity at the end..and a very good long finish.
We are not talking about breaking the bank here. This cost....wait for it.......I said wait...
10 Euros!!! Amazing value...and this is the cheapest of the three Rieslings I purchased from Alexander Laible.
For all you terrace-sippers..this would be a favourite..but this would impress any dinner guests with a pasta salad( which is what I ate with it)...some Asian food (Fish and Chips?..who knows after the Olympics)...or really any Fish course. Buy this by the bucket-load (is there such a size?). Best price/quality wine of the 2007 vintage up to now.
Points 16.75

4 comments:

bob parsons alberta said...

Well, I finally made it here! Have fond memories of Baden as my step-father lives in Freiburg.

David McDuff said...

Great price indeed, Barry, especially if it's as good as you say it is ;-)

I have no doubt, actually, given the quality of the wines, Riesling and otherwise, from the Anreas Laible estate. One of those nice coincidences, I just wrote up Andreas' 2005 Scheurebe Spätlese trocken yesterday.

cheers,
McDuff

Lyle Fass said...

This is the same Laible based in Orteneau?

Barry said...

Son of Andre..yes..in Durbach..Ortenau...

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