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Von Simmern Auslese 1976(!)

IMG_2037Had a spectacular meal at The Progress with Michael Cruse, Mike Bergin, and their spouses last week. The list there is pretty great, especially at the high end. We worked our way through some baller wines – Chave Cornas 98, Hubert de Montille Volnay Les Champans 96, Saunier Morgan 15, Krug 02 (for dessert!), but we brought one bottle, one that I pulled from my personal cellar. It was a 1976 von Simmern Auslese from the Rheingau. It had a good fill level, and limited signs of seepage, but when the somm poured the first taste I though “uh-oh” as the colour was very very mature. But on the palate? Wow, this showed great! It had a vibrancy and lightness on the palate that danced across the tongue. Remarkably it still had primary fruit, and a clear sweetness. Usually a 40 year old Auslese would have lost the sweetness and also be 100% secondary aromas. Dried mandarin, dried peach, and an earthiness particular to old Riesling. So it turns out the colour lied – it was indeed a great bottle! (Glad I have one more!)

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