Domaine Horcher, Mittelwihr, Alsace
A nine hectare estate, spread over 40 vineyards in five different villages.

2005 Pinot Blanc, AC Alsace, Domaine Horcher
A very slight nose that is rather dull and uninteresting.  Initially the palate is essentially similar, though it does open up into some really quite full flavours.  But it is not an especially good example.  OK/Good.  81/100

2005 Riesling Cuvée Sélection, AC Alsace, Domaine Horcher
A very slight, gently minerally nose that lacks much interest.  On the palate there’s not a lot to redeem it, and overall it lacks any interest or character whatsoever.  77/100

2005 Pinot Gris Cuvée Sélection, AC Alsace, Domaine Horcher, 13%
A light, very gentle nose with little character.  At last, there is some character and flavour on the palate: this is a very precise expression of pinot gris.  Very clean, with good balance and depth.  Ultimately it’s rather simple, but there is some clear terroir influence, I think.  Very Good.  86/100

2004 Gewurztraminer Reserve, AC Alsace, Domaine Horcher
A nice gentle, elegant, gewurz nose.  A bit disappointing on the palate, and it’s very straightforward, with a huge amount of rose flavours.  Good/Very Good.  85/100

2004 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Mandelberg, AC Alsace Grand Cru, Domaine Horcher, 13%
A very restrained nose.  Pure and very direct palate.  Towards the finish, there is a very hard coarse streak.  Unimpressive.  Good.  84/100

2002 Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives, AC Alsace, Domaine Horcher, 13%
A rustic, off-sweet pinot gris nose with some pear fruit.  Very focussed palate: it has an enormous purity, but it also lacks any depth and interest.  OK/Good.  81/100

2003 Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives, AC Alsace, Domaine Horcher, 13%
The nose has lychees and a very artificial rose scent – all very reminiscent of ladies’ soap.  The palate is very simple – very pure, but ultimately very dull and lacking character.  Good.  82/100

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Last updated: 16 July 2007