89+/100 Punkte Robert Parker, Feb 2019 The 2017 Auvernier Chasselas Vin Sur Lie is clear, ripe and intense on the elegant nose. The palate reveals stunningly vibrant yet delicate acidity that gives a rather lean, straight and mineral Chasselas character with grip and a youthful finish. 11.2% alcohol. Tasted in January 2019.
90-92/100 Punkte Robert Parker Oct 2015 Looking at the wines, and a new release for this estate, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape La Belle Voyageuse is made from 90% Grenache, 4% Mourvedre, 4% Syrah and a splash of Counoise and Vaccarese that was raised mostly in stainless steel tanks, with 15% of the blend aged in barrel. Due to the forward nature of the vintage, this cuvée functions as a second wine and is made in a more forward, charming style than the more structured and serious La Reine des Bois release. Nevertheless, while a second wine for this estate, it#s still a huge success in the vintage and offers youthful, forward, and jammy notes of cassis, sappy flowers, violets and graphite to go with a mouth filling, medium to full-bodied style the palate. It has plenty of mid-palate depth, chewy tannin on the finish, and is already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will have upwards of a decade of longevity.
92/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Sept 2016 Ripe and mouthfilling in feel, with a core of juicy raspberry pâte de fruit and plum cake flavors kept lively by anise and violet notes. Delivers energetic, brambly structure through the finish. Best from 2017 through 2024.
90-93/100 Punkte October 2016 Leading off the Châteauneuf du Papes and made from younger vines, with the goal to drink well in its youth, the Grenache-dominated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape La Belle Voyageuse (there's 4% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, with a tiny splash of Counoise and Vaccarèse) sports a vibrant ruby/purple color as well as lively notes of raspberries, bouquet garni, spice box, dried soil and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, supple and elegant on the palate, it's a much more upfront, mid-weight effort compared to the more concentrated, structured Reine des Bois cuvée. It should drink nicely on release and over the following decade.
93/100 Punkte Wine Spectator Nov 30, 2018 Intense, featuring lively licorice and plum reduction notes leading the way, followed by fruitcake, raspberry pâte de fruit and sweet tobacco flavors. Shows excellent drive and focus through the finish, with a nice graphite edge. Best from 2020 through 2030.
94/100 Punkte Robert Parker October 2018 Potent and intense, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape La Dame Voyageuse is a rich, dramatic bottling, the best I've tasted under this label. It's approachable now, but smart money is on it aging well for at least a decade. It's full-bodied and supple, with concentrated blueberry, mulberry and plum fruit, hints of licorice, cola and braised meat and just a dusting of baking spices (10% of the blend aged in oak). Tasted three times, with consistent notes.
89/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2018 The medium-pink 2017 Cotes du Rhone Rose La Dame Rousse is another top example of this cuvée. It offers raspberry, pear and melon flavors, a plump, medium-bodied mouthfeel and a long, citrusy finish. Crisp and clean, it should be consumed over the next several months.
93-95/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2013 Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarter Wasserrand. Mit feinen Orangenzesten und Gewürzen unterlegte schwarze Beeren, attraktives, facettenreiches Bukett. Saftig, elegant, reife Kirschen und Brombeeren, gut integriertes Tannin, bleibt sehr gut haften, feine Kräuterwürze im Nachhall, verfügt über Entwicklungspotenzial.
93/100 Punkte Falstaff Rotweinguide Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Noch etwas verhalten, feines schwarzes Waldbeerkonfit, ein Hauch von Lakritze, Herzkirschen, dezente Kräuterwürze. Komplex, straffe Textur, dunkle Beeren, gut integrierte, tragende Tannine, feiner Nougattouch im Abgang, verfügt über Reifepotenzial.
93/100 Punkte Robert Parker December 2018 Neither white, red or rosé, the pink-orange colored 2016 Graue Freyheit is a beautiful orange/natural wine made from Pinot Gris with a small percentage of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, all macerated for 15 days, basket-pressed and vinified in large oak barrels for 14 months. The bouquet is pure and spicy in its fine red berry and chalky aromas. The palate is highly delicate, fresh and pure, with fine tannins, a chalky texture and refreshing minerality and good tannic grip on the finish. This is a Pinot Gris that does not come along as being all that fruity or powerful but instead is rather fine, pure, fresh and structured like a Pinot. In contrast to many Pinot Gris from Alsace, this is bone-dry and very stimulating even as a soloist. Tasted October 2018.
90/100 Punkte Robert Parker August 31, 2017 Ott's 2016 Grüner Veltliner Fass 4 displays a deep, clear and pretty intense white fruit aroma intertwined with a noble spicy-mineral, quite stony flavor. Medium to full-bodied, intensely fruity but also mineral and provided with crystalline acidity, this is a remarkably delicate and filigreed Grüner Veltliner. Ending with a clear, piquant and salty finish, it is a first-class wine to pair with many dishes, mainly veggies, fish and white meat. Tasted at Schloss Gobelsburg in July 2017.
92/100 Punkte Vinous October 2018 Lentil, snap pea, green herbs and fresh lime on the nose set the parameters for a silken-textured yet stimulatingly crunchy mid-palate performance that combines nutty, earthy richness with cooling herbal essences, fresh legumes, and brightly juicy, Riesling-like citrus. Suggestions of sweet red pepper, raw almond, piquant citrus pip and marine minerality add to an appeal that culminates with (again Riesling-like) crystalline stony impingements and a mouthwatering compulsion to take the next sip. At 12.2%, this weighs-in with considerably higher alcohol than that of the corresponding #Am Berg,# but still little enough that it conveys a delightful sense of lift to accompany its irresistibility.
92/100 Punkte Falstaff Weinguide 2016/17 Helles Gelb, Silberreflexe. Mit einem Hauch von frischen Orangenzesten unterlegte Nuancen von Golden-Delicious-Apfel, Noten von Kräutern, mineralischer Touch. Saftig, gute Komplexität und Extraktsüße, beibt haften, bereits zugänglich, ein vielseitiger Speisenbegleite.
90/100 Punkte James Suckling, October 2018 Lots of fresh-herb and pepper aromas make this sleek and vibrant grüner veltliner very attractive. A touch of caramel in the finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified. Drink now. Screw cap.
93/100 Punkte Parker Apr 2016 Beautifully clear, intense and elegant on the nose, the 2014 Grüner Veltliner Lamm 1ÖTW from the southeastern footslope of the Heiligenstein displays a lovely mix of herbs, domestic fruits and earthy flavors. Straight, fresh and mineral on the palate, this is a medium-weighted but very intense and firmly structured Veltliner with loads of salt and stones. Very dense, intense and long, this is an expressive wine and probably one of the finest Veltliners that have been produced along the Danube in 2014. For advanced wine lovers only.
92/100 Punkte Robert Parker April 2014 Hirsch's 2012 Gruner Veltliner Lamm is fascinatingly Chablis-like in its aromatics and savor, projecting salted, herbed chicken and mushroom stock mingled with salivary gland-milking oyster liquor. Full, expansive and palpably extract rich, this finishes with impressive grip if also with a bit of extraneous bitterness not anticipated from the nose or the initial palate impression. Expect this to pique appetites and attention at table through at least 2022, and quite possibly to reveal yet greater profundity.