Alsace wines from Jules Muller, and a Riesling from Trapet

Jules Muller was one of the producers featured at the annual “Alsace Wine Day” in Stockholm a couple of weeks ago. Jules Muller is located in the village of Bergheim (village profile at Per Warfvinge’s Alsace website, Wikipedia article) and their own vineyards amount to 20 hectares/50 acres. On top of that they purchase grapes from about 120 hectares/300 acres of other vineyards in the area around Bergheim. Their best wines are from the the grand cru vineyard Altenberg de Bergheim, which has the village name appendixed since there also are two other Alsace grand cru vineyards by the name of Altenberg, in Bergbieten and Wolxheim respectively.

The wines of Jules Muller is of a rather fruity style, and unfortunately of varying residual sweetness without any indication of the level of sweetness on the label. I.e., they do not use the scale on the back label used by some other Alsace producers. Their two Riesling wines were completely dry, though.

At the same table there was also a wine from the Alsace Domaine of Burgundy producer Trapet, since they have the same Swedish importer.

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Trapet is on the left, the grand cru of Jules Mullers is the wine with the orange capsule, and the simpler Muller wines are on the right.

Jules Muller

2012 Riesling Réserve
Nose with peach and perfume. Completely dry on the palate with mineral, citrus, apple, good acidity, and a grapefruity aftertaste. Young, 86 p.

Quite OK Riesling and definitely fine for its rather modest price.

2012 Gewurztraminer Réserve
Nose with peach, lychee, flowers and some aromatic oils. Off-dry on the palate, medium fruit concentration, apple, lychee, rather modest acidity. No too spicy. Young, 85(+) p?

2005 Altenberg de Bergheim Riesling Vieilles Vignes
Nose with peach, ripe fruit, discrete perfume notes, stony minerality and some petroleum. The palate is completely dry with stony mineral notes, apple, citrus, and a high acidity. A firm and elegant wine in a classical style that still is rather young. 89(+) p.

I enjoy it when wines like this are available to buy with some age!

Trapet

2009 Beblenheim Riesling
Nose with peach, ripe fruit and perfume. The palate has some residual sweetness (“off-dry -“), good concentration, ripe fruit in the form of apple and peach, god acidity, and some mineral. 87 p.
Residual sweetness 
13 g/l according to retailer’s fact sheet, i.e., in Germany it could have been designated halbtrocken.

Swedish version here.

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