Alsace - 2008
A very good vintage in Alsace. By and large 2008 saw small quantities of excellent, classically-styled wines. A cool April was followed by warm, dry conditions enabling a leisurely and slightly early flowering period. An unpredictable summer was rescued by cool August weather, promoting excellent acidity in the grapes, and most producers enjoyed a sunny harvest of low yields. An Indian summer in October was good news for vendanges tardives and sélection de grains nobles wines, which are well worth looking out for.