DOMAINE JOSMEYER www.josmeyer.com
Les Meilleurs Vins de France 2018
Today marks the fifth generation, embodied by Céline and Isabelle Meyer, who hold the reins of this domainestablished in 1854. Céline is the CEO of JOSMEYER, Isabelle, is the winemaker.
This effective couple, continue to carry the quality of wines towards the excellence in the line age of their father Jean Meyer, who died in January 2016. Art is everywhere in the family with poems and drawings of the two sisters. You can find these drawings everywhere in the wine house even on labels and barrels. So we advise you to keep an eye out on the art so you do not miss the beauty of these drawings. The style of wines which turned into elegance seducing us are : The Grand Cru Hengst expresses himself in the summit. The pinot blanc and auxerrois sign emblematic cuvees of the house.
Les vins : Sylvaner is light, fresh and not miss volume: always a beautiful reference.
The pinot blanc « Les lutins » illustrate a round profile with notes honey of Acacia; let us the great control of Riesling : « le Kottabe» and its root expression, its tension in mouth; the grands crus, always a very good purity , wines in the aging easy, and recommended. The Brand shows elegancy with notes of white fruits and almond while the Hengst is still powerful; “Coup de Coeur” for the cuvee Samain, reference of Celtic festivities which celebrate the end of harvest.
Coup de ♥ de l’année Riesling GC HENGST SAMAIN 2011 : 17,5 / 20
A perfect evolution, the nose calls back the pepper and flint. In mouth, a dry wine with the scale, the power and an incredible strength, underlined by the barks of citrus fruits. A very racy wine. We could decant it to help the opening of this magnificent wine.
Gewurztraminer Les Folastries 2015 : 15/20
Pinot Blanc Les Lutins 2015 : 14,5
Riesling Grand Cru BRAND 2015 : 17/20
Riesling Grand Cru HENGST 2015 : 17/20
Riesling Grand Cru HENGST SAMAIN 2013 : 15
Riesling Le Kottabe 2015 : 15/20
Sylvaner Peau Rouge 2016 : 14,5
LE GUIDE BETTANE & DESSEAUVE DES VINS DE FRANCE 2018Domaine JOSMEYER (Wintzenheim)
LE DOMAINE : Jean Meyer is not anymore, but his two daughters Isabelle and Céline stay focus, they are already involved for several years. The estate have splendid parcels of vines, located specially on the grand Cru Brand and Hengst , the biodynamic is present since a long time what gives wines of a great crystalline purity , which continue to win in density and in intensity with time . The vintages 2015 are a great success in particular a surprising Pinot Auxerrois from the Hengst. The entry level of the 2016 vintage are more friendly.
Grand Cru BRAND PINOT GRIS 2015 : 17/20
The nose is still a little bit shy, the mouth taste almost dry due to a beautiful acidity for the wine, powerful and intensity, an energetic wine for the future, it is necessary to wait , it will not be for sale for a few years. Quite purity, finale deserves a Grand Cru.
Grand Cru HENGST RIESLING SAMAIN 2015 17,5/20
A flavor of fresh mandarin in the nose, the mouth is pure and chiseled. Its comfortable level of alcohool gives to the wine a soft texture but it tastes dry, it needs some time but the final is powerful and harmonious.
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand 2015 : 17/20
Riesling Brand Cru Brand 2015 : 15,5/20
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Hengst 2015 : 17 / 20
Riesling Gand Cru Hengst 2015 : 17/20
Riesling GC Hengst Samain 2015 : 17,5/20
Gewurztraminer les Folastries 2015 : 14 / 20
Pinot Auxerrois « H » VV 2015 : 16,5/20
Pinot Blanc Les Lutins 2015 : 14,5/20
Pinot Blanc Mise du Printemps 2016 : 14/20
Pinot Gris « 1854 » Fondation 2015 : 13/20
Pinot Gris Le Fromenteau 2015 : 15/20
Riesling Le Dragon 2015 : 14,5/20
Riesling Le Kottabe 2015 : 14/20
Riesling Les Pierrets 2015 : 13,5/20
Sylvaner Peau Rouge 2016 : 14/20
Cuisine & Vins de France – Février / Mars 2017
ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE
TASTING 2014 & 2015
The 2015 Gewurztraminer Les Folastries is an old vines picture-book Gewurz from the plains. It is very clear, spicy (caraway) and floral on the nose where a lot of roses, but also spicy/mineral flavors are displayed. Bottled with 13.5% alcohol and ten grams of residual sugar this is a round and very elegant, even finessed Gewurztraminer with fine tannins and a very delicate mineral acidity and salinity. 90/100
The 2015 Pinot Auxerrois H Vieilles Vignes is sourced in the marl and limestone soils of the Hengst and comes from vines planted at the end of the 1960s. The wine opens with a clear, fresh and elegant bouquet with limestone and lemon flavors. Full-bodied, creamy and elegant on the palate, this an elegant and intense Pinot with a ripe and mineral acidity (no malolactic had been done here), as well as a long and pretty intense finish. 89/100
The 2015 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand opens with a very delicate and fresh bouquet of ripe apples and very precise smoky/stony flavors. The grapes are sourced in the lower and upper part of the cru but picked together. On the palate this is a very elegant and delicate, dry Pinot Gris with an intense finish and a stimulating salinity. The wine is very wellconcentrated but straight, fresh and firmly structured. Very good ageing potential. 92 +
The 2015 Pinot Gris Le Fromenteau opens with a ripe and spicy, slightly lactic/caramelly bouquet of ripe apples. On the palate this is a very dry, piquant, fresh and nicely creamy textured Pinot with a good and aromatic finish. The 2015 was bottled with 13.5% alcohol and two grams of residual sugar. It is an excellent wine that will go well with many kinds of food. 89/100
The 2015 Riesling Grand Cru Brand. Full-bodied, pretty ripe and rich this is a powerful, concentrated and firmly structured, yet also elegant Brand; it has a good finesse but also a serious tannin structure. The finish is intense, concentrated and very elegant, long, precise and salty. The 2015 fermented until March and finished with six grams of residual sugar and 14.5% alcohol. The acidity of 7.2 grams per liter is the highest of all Rieslings at Josmeyer in 2015. Very tropical fruit aromas in the finish. 92 +
The 2015 Riesling Grand Cru Hengst opens with a stony/flinty, very well-defined bouquet with lemony and some tropical fruit flavors. Full-bodied, intense and elegant on the palate this is a rich, round, powerful and well-structured Hengst with a long and elegant, very aromatic finish. The tannins are really fine here, and give a firm structure and nice bitterness in the finish—but most of all an excellent ageing potential. 92 +
The 2015 Riesling Le Dragon is a single parcel of old vines Riesling from Turckheim. It has a deep, cool and pretty intense, lemon-fresh and mineral-flavored bouquet. Fullbodied, intense and elegant this is a mouthful of well-structured Riesling. It has a rich and lush fruit but also a firm mineral and tannic structure, followed by a long and tension-filled finish. This is an excellent Riesling on premier cru level. 90/100
The 2015 Riesling Le Kottabe is a blend of different old vines parcels in the valley floor. It has a very clear, fresh and stony bouquet with lemon flavors. On the palate this is a very delicate and charming, lovely piquant and refreshing Riesling with good grip and finesse. The finish is dry, well – structured and really stimulating. 89/100
The 2015 Riesling Les Pierrets is from two different parcels, one with old vines in the valley floor and the other in the Rotenberg, which is the north-facing hill of the Hengst. The wine opens with a ripe and intense but bright, elegant and stony bouquet with citrus/grapefruit and some flinty flavors. Full-bodied, rich and piquant this is a mouthful of dense, well concentrated and structured, pretty expressive but elegant and mineral Riesling; it has a firm tannin structure and a long, compact finish. The fruit is almost lush here but firmly organized. This wine drinks well already today, but could be aged for at least ten years. 91/100.
The 2014 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand is very deep, ripe, intense and smoky on the nose. On the palate this is a rich and elegant, very fine and balanced Pinot Gris with a remarkable complexity, elegance, fine tannin grip and a lingering salinity. This 2014 Brand is probably one of the best Pinot Gris I have tasted from this highly difficult vintage. The 2014 didn’t undergo malolactic fermentation and was bottled with a total acidity of 7.8 grams per liter and six grams of residual sugar. 14% alcohol. 92/100
The 2014 Pinot Gris Le Fromenteau is pretty pure, stony and lemon-fresh on the nose, but also has a bit of the 2014 insect character. Medium to full-bodied, round and piquant this is a mouthful of elegant Pinot Gris with lively acidity and remarkable finesse. The finish is pretty intense and aromatic. This wine drinks well today and will continue to do so over the next 8-10 years. 89/100
The 2014 Riesling Grand Cru Hengst is lovely concentrated but also pure and stony/flinty on the nose, with ripe and intense lemon flavors. On the palate this is a beautifully sincere 2014! It is very intense, piquant and salty, highly precise, finessed, elegant and also lush. This is another Riesling classic that reveals a lingering salinity and gorgeous finesse. Really cool climate and classic Riesling style. Highly stimulating. 93/100
Sourced from the upper part of the vineyard, the 2014 Riesling Grand Cru Hengst Samain is rich, ripe and concentrated on the nose, though still closed. Rich, round and intense on the palate, this is a very firmly structured but also finessed Riesling that indicates an enormous ripeness and power; but it should be aged for another couple of years. 91/100
The 2014 Riesling Les Pierrets is very pure and stony on the nose, with lemon flavors and crushed stones. On the palate this is a savory and stimulating Riesling from old vines that reveals a great elegance, finesse and a very long, wellstructured finish. This is a fabulous dry and salty Riesling that should be served with raw fish or sardines. Bottled with 13% alcohol and four grams of residual sugar. 92/100
The 2013 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand opens with a deep, rich and aromatic yet also pure, precise and flinty bouquet of ripe and concentrated white fruits. Powerful, fresh, firm, piquant and elegant on the palate, this is a great Brand that reveals a lovely mineral character and firm structure—but is still very closed. The potential here is enormous though.94/100
The 2013 Riesling Grand Cru Hengst is very pure, discreet and herbal on the nose where lemon flavors and coolish earthy/mineral flavors are displayed. This is a silky textured, very �ne but complex and powerful Riesling with a large and salty finish. It is a horizontal rather than vertical expression of its terroir and it pairs power with finesse and purity. It is a great Riesling grand cru from the 2013 vintage. 94 /100
The 2013 Riesling Hengst Samain is intense and aromatic on the nose where lemon flavors intertwine with mineral notes. Dense and juicy on the palate, this is a rich but also very pure, elegant and salty Riesling with power and a firm structure. The finish is dry, firmly structured and highly intense. This is the finest and most expressive Samain of the last three years. Silky and elegant, but also dense and powerful. 93/100
LA REVUE DU VIN DE FRANCE
LES MEILLEURS VINS DE L’ANNEE – SPECIAL MILLESIME 2016
SYLVANER Peau Rouge. With lightness and simplicity, this is a well – balanced Sylvaner. The mouth give the feeling to bite into the grape. Perfect wine to drink with friends ! Cuisine et Vins de France – Hors Série – Septembre 2017
TASTING 2014 & 2015
Riesling Le Dragon 2015 : 93/100
A touch of flint flashes up briefly before fruity notes of ripe juicy apricot and peach take over. On the palate they are joined by a flash of lemon freshness that brightens and heightens the slender but concentrated palate.Lemon and peach, tangerine and mirabelle fill mouth and mind while the freshness blows away any sensory cobwebs. This is deeply satisfying, lovely now but sure to improve.
Riesling Le Kottabe 2015 : 92/100
A slightly heady, volatile touch plays on the nose. The palate is fresh with lemon and zest but also has rounded buttery notes on its concentrated yet light body. A very intriguing dry Riesling that still needs to come into its own. Its dry lightness is a boon.
Pinot Gris Le Fromenteau 2015 : 91/100
Fresh peel of Russet pear appears on the nose with its implication of pleasant bitterness and juicy fruit. The palate is slender and bone dry, showing the purity of the fruit even more. While this is powerful and concentrated, the finish echoes with gentle delicate pears and lemony freshness.
Riesling Le Dragon 2014 : 93/100
Aromatic notions suggest Bosc pear, the ripe peel of Navel oranges, the crunch of apple—all conveying perfect ripeness countered with freshness. This wine is refreshing and full fruited and yet rounded. It’s a harmoniously balanced, dry wine of total freshness.
Riesling Le Kottabe 2014 : 93/100
Soft notes of blossom and apricot strike a gentle tone in this wine, with hints of ripe, juicy apple on the dry but wonderfully aromatic palate. The more you sip, the more nuances appear: nettle, grapefruit peel, white currant and peach. It offers a sprightly and weightless body despite the flavor concentration, celebrating full-flavored purity.
Pinot Gris Le Fromenteau 2014 : 92/100
Smoky but very ripe notes of Comice pear mingle with the honeyed spice of gingerbread on the nose. of this wine. The palate counters this aromatic richness with a steely, concentrated core of fresh citrus with apple and quince notes. It offers a great play-off of richness and utter precision for a wonderful expression of 2014. This wine is sure to develop.
Pinot Gris “1854” FONDATION 2014 : 92/100
Pure and intense notes of red-cheeked, ripe pear and red apples are tinged with baking spice. These flavors become even more concentrated on the palate that is shot through with fresh acidity, providing a stimulating midpalate experience. The finish is a little warm but full-fruited. This wine needs a robust food counterpart to come into its focused, concentrated own.
Riesling Les Pierrets 2014 : 91/100
Warm and aromatic hints of ripe Bosc pear pervade the aromatics of this wine. The palate has a rounded, ripe feel but remains beautifully slender, expressing more of that pear fruit now highlighted by citrus freshness. It’s a very balanced, dry wine with a clean finish.
“ At the top of Alsatian wines, Josmeyer produces meticulously some wonderful cuvees of elegance. Only few estate could present such regularity and such a frame, its cuvees monopolizing regularly the top of the rankings of the highest international critics. The Meyer sisters, Céline and Isabelle, make all effort to produce fresh, fruity and racey wines, in the purest Alsatian tradition.”
Riesling Grand Cru HENGST 2014 : 17,5/20
Riesling Grand Cru HENGST SAMAIN 2011 : 16,5/20
Riesling Le Dragon 2015 : 15/20
Sylvaner Peau Rouge 2016 : 15/20
Olivier POUSSIER – Meilleur Sommelier du Monde 2000