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2011 Domaine Bott-Geyl Riesling Les Elements

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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September 2012

Pale straw-green.  Clean, fresh lime and jasmine aromas on the uncomplicated nose.  Easygoing and straightforward on the palate, with lemon, green apple and papaya flavors accented by mineral touches on the zippy, moderately persistent finish.  Bott calls this range of wines Les Elements as he considers the main four grape varieties of Alsace to be like the four elements.  From grapes grown mainly in Riquewihr, Ribeauville and Zellenberg.

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