Introducing Domaine Agape. Serious Grand Cru Riesling and More

 
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A wonderful new producer from Alsace. Super wines and a 25% 
Pre Arrival Discount to introduce the wines to Australia!
 
"The name Agapé means love in Greek, the universal love which we receive in its purest form, with no strings attached. This is our gift from nature and the ultimate essence of winegrowers. Responsible for this metamorphosis, the former endeavours to make it happen with unfailing care and respect." Vincent Sipp
 
At the heart of the most renowned Alsatian vineyards, the Agapé wine estate spreads out over 10 hectares, of which one third is dedicated to the production of Grands Crus: Schoenenbourg in Riquewihr, Rosacker in Hunawihr and Osterberg in Ribeauvillé. it was established by Vincent Sipp in 2007.

The domaine first came to my attention late last year whilst visiting Alsace. It seemed that every Michelin-starred restaurant (and many others) were featuring the Agape wines. I tasted numerous wines and was always impressed by the character, typicity and dryness of the wines. Even the 2015 Pinot Gris was dry.

The added bonus that the domaine's three Grand Cru Rieslings were all from the super 2014 vintage ensured Domaine Agape became a delightful new addition for our portfolio.

The three Grand Crus Rieslings come from within a couple of kilometres of each other but the different terroir, just as in Burgundy, make for serious contrasts in style. Together they are a wonderful trio for a comparative tasting.
To introduce the wines to Australia we have increased our Pre Arrival Discount from 15% to 25% for the next month.
That makes the Grand Cru Rieslings $44.95 to $51.95 a Bottle. Compare that to Burgundy! Wines will arrive early April.

Riesling Schoenenbourg Grand Cru 2014
Landed Price $59.95
Pre Arrival Price $44.95
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Schoenenbourg, which became famous in the Middle Ages, is the flagship of the vineyards at Riquewihr. The greatest wines of this commune are born on this Terroir which help it to gain universal recognition.  
 
Darren Harris: A piercing, lifted nose of minerals, river stones, grapefruit and lime. Very intense. Multi-layered with serious power and line. Rich but not heavy. The finish driven by a long line of acid and a tangy salt character. Is Schoenenbourg the Montrachet of Alsace? 

Riesling Rosacker Grand Cru 2014
Landed Price $69.50
Pre Arrival Price $51.95

Agape Riesling Rosacker Label Darren Harris: If the Schoenenboug has the power, the Rosacker has an edge of beguiling fragility or is it electricity. The limestone in the soil beams through with fresh and defined flavours that envelop the palate. Intense yet light on its feet with flowers more than citrus. A hint of rose, or is that just auto suggestion? Sweet herbs, notably mint. A gentle exotic note from the souk? The finish is then surprisingly mineral and long. A real dancer - refined and quite gorgeous. (Trimbach's Clos St-Hune comes from the Rosacker vineyard).

Riesling Osterberg Grand Cru 2014
Landed Price $66.95
Pre Arrival Price $49.95

Agape Riesling Osterberg Label Darren Harris: Pineapple, lime, passionfruit on the nose. Exotic but not tropical. A little rounder than the two other Grand Crus. More fruit weight coats the acidity. After a little time in the glass the palate fines down and the minerality starts to show through. Salty lime nuances come to the fore. Quite a contrast in style, just as in Burgundy the different soil types lending their influence to the wine (here it is marl and sandstone with a little clay). Who said terroir only applies to Burgundy?

Pinot Gris Expression 2015
Landed Price $38.95
Pre Arrival Price $28.95

Agape Pinot Gris Expression Label Darren Harris: 
First-up, I have to confess I'm generally not a fan of Pinot Gris. Whilst I was in France late last year I spent some time in Alsace. At numerous restaurants the wines of Domaine Agape were being served by the glass. My interest was certainly piqued at La Table du Gourmet in Riquewihr where the matched wines (accompanying a superb lunch) included two Agape wines. The first was the Pinot Gris Expression 2015.

What I don't usually like about Pinot Gris is the overt flavours and residual sugar which combine to create something I perceive as oily and broad. The Agape Pinot Gris Expression was quite a revelation. It was fine and acid driven, not quite bone dry (3.1 gm/L residual sugar) but right up there with the driest I have experienced.

When the samples arrived in Australia it was the first wine I tasted. I had it with an Asian Crab dish at Bacash. it was a wonderful match. The wine is refined, textured and acid driven The touch of sugar (it is described as dry on the back label and is way within the accepted level) makes it brilliant with exotic Asian flavours. Never does the wine look heavy or broad but it does have restrained power. We all read about which wines to have with Asian cuisine and I don't always find the matches successful. This one most certainly was.
To view and purchase the full range of Domaine Agape wines on line click here. You may also order by phone or email to asaf@grandmillesime.com.au.
 
Cheers,
Darren 

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2015 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts
It is always on of our most popular wines and the quality of the 2015 vintages ensures that will be the case again.

I tasted the wine late November 2016 whilst in Burgundy. Red-black in colour, deep and rich to the eye. A little closed on the nose at first (as Malconsorts often is in its youth). Then black fruits with a symphony of spice. Minerals. Violets. Very structured, long. Powerful with soaring fruit and fine, chewy tannins. This is going to be a great Malconsorts - I believe the finest vintage since we started importing the wine in the 2009 vintage.

Steen Ohman Winehog.org:
The Malconsort 2015 is also a big vinous wine. The nose offer plenty of ripe fruit - juicy and fresh - supported by a fine floral minerality - 50% whole cluster was used. On the palate intense, vinous and weighty - with a fine energy and balance despite the relatively high level of alcohol. It's actually a quite elegant wine given it's vinous character and there are no signs of overripeness. A very fine Malconsort in the making. 93-94 Points
750ml Normally $335.00
Pre Arrival Price $285.00
Case of 12 Bottles $3216.00 (=$268.00)
1500ml MAGNUM Normally $690.00
Pre Arrival Price $586.50
Case of 6 MAGNUMS $3312.00 (=$552.00)

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