Florence and Pierre, our friends from Chicago, decided to come and visit us for Presidents' day weekend. As usual, they arrived like Santa Claus, with suitcases full of great wines and goodies. Needless to say, we were eager to taste what they had brought and the first evening after their arrival, we opened a 2004 Dopff & Irion Château de Riquewihr Gewürztraminer Les Sorcières.
Dopff & Irion is a leading Alsace producer in the medieval wine village of Riquewihr, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The family owns the Château de Riquewihr, a 27 hectares estate with vineyards on the best hillsides near the village. The 5 hectare vineyard Les Sorcières (The Witches) is located on a site where witches were burned at the stake during the Middle Ages. It is solely planted with Gewürztraminer on clay, marl and limestone soils.
The wine showed a bright golden color and an expressive nose of litchi fruit and mango. The palate was slightly sweet, although fresh, lively, and racy, with aromas of stone fruits on the finish. We drank it à l'apéritif, with a chicken liver terrine made by our other friend and great cook Laurence. Simply awesome!
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