The Mader domaine is a very small quantity, high quality wine producer based in the picture postcard village of Hunawihr in the middle of vineyards on the Route des Vins. The family own 9 hectares of vineyards, including prized holdings of vines in the famous ‘Rosacker’ Grand Cru vineyard and also now in the Grand cru Schl0ssberg. All vineyard work is carried out by hand and since 2005 their son Jerome is now running the estate having studied and gained a Diploma in Oenology. Since returning to the family estate Jerome has also converted all their vineyards to bio-dynamic viticulture.
The StarDozen consists of the following:
3 bottles Jean Luc Mader Pinot Blanc 2018
3 bottles Jean Luc Mader Riesling 2017
3 bottles Jean Luc Mader Gewurztraminer 2016
3 bottles Jean Luc Mader Pinot Gris 2017
Jean Luc Mader Pinot Blanc 2018
Made from a blend of 60% Auxerrois and 40% Pinot blanc. Fine, racy and floral. Classic white flower and citric aromas lead to a crisp and refreshing palate. For so long Pinot blanc has been considered as an aperitif wine to start the meal but given a wine of this intensity and character this wine is a whole lot more than a simple aperitif wine – it is remarkably complete with wonderful intensity and personality.
Jean Luc Mader Riesling 2017
2016 Review: Contains almost 20% of de-classified Rosacker Grand cru fruit. The 2016 Riesling is 100% from Hunawihr (from deep limestone and clay) and, in total, six different sites and plots harvested during in 10 days in 2016. The wine opens clear and nicely aromatic, with some smoky flavors along with white-stone fruit and lemon flavors. Round, yet dry and elegant, on the palate, this is a finessed and salty Riesling that reveals good freshness, grip and tension on the palate. Still a bit reductive, the 2016 will be even better after one year of bottle aging. Rating: 88 Points; Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com
Jean Luc Mader Gewurztraminer 2016
2015 Review: The 2015 Gewurztraminer is sourced in the higher altitudes of Hunawihr from clay and limestone soils. It has a clear and fresh, pretty, precise and aromatic bouquet with some smoky aromas. Bottled with 33 grams of residual sugar, this is a round and semi-sweet Gewurz with good grip and some mineral characteristics. Drink 2018-2030. Rating: 88 Points; Stephan Reinhardt, RobertParker.com
Jean Luc Mader Pinot Gris 2017
Very fresh and fragrant, peach, apple and tropical fruit characters on the nose and palate. Round and supple in texture, with wonderfully precise flavour. Great concentration and depth with a tiny amount of residual sweetness (7.8gms/ltr) in this cool vintage. The rich texture and cleansing acid balance gives this wine terrific length and great appeal.
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