June 17, 2008

Clos des Rochers Pinot Blanc, 2006, Moselle, Luxembourg

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes
Domaine Clos Des Rochers Pinot Blanc 2006. LuxembourgLike I real clot I’ve forgotten to mix in the spinach. Having just spent ten minutes washing and dry-frying it there really isn’t any excuse (I can hardly claim jetlag) apart from being an idiot of course. With the pies half way through cooking it’s a touch late in trying to add the ‘vital’ ingredient!

The Spinach and Feta Pies with Toasted Pine Nuts, with the recipe in yesterdays Sunday Times, were selected specifically to accompany this interesting wine I picked up in Waitrose. A Pinot Blanc from Luxembourg of all places.
Unaware that Luxembourg actually produced wine in exportable quantities it is quite a find; hearty back-slaps and raucous cheering for the Waitrose team who tracked it down.

White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Clos des Rochers Pinot Blanc, 2006, Moselle, Luxembourg
Stockist: Waitrose Price: £8.99 [More Adegga / Snooth]
A spritz to the creamy, full-ish, palate. While weighty there is also a delicacy to the fruit and texture. A touch of lime, a smear of pear, a little apple and, on the finish, a subtle nuttiness and a creamy texture. Just a hint of sweetness I think.
In style a cross between Alsace and German; picking the best bits from each! Must be the first wine from Luxembourg I have tried. Very enjoyable it was too – both on its own and with the Spinach and Feta Pies with Toasted Pine Nuts.
Alcohol 12%.

Scribblings Rating – 92/100 [4 out of 5]

  1. Jonathan Lyddon August 11, 2008

    Thanks for your piece about Clos des Rochers Pinot Blanc 2006 (from Waitrose selected stores around London).
    My company Bernard-Massard is delighted that our domain wine was selected by the team at Waitrose; at last we can trumpet this largely unknown wine-producing country to a wider audience.
    Luxembourg has only 1200 hectares under vine (about double the area of Gevrey Chambertin!. The quality of the wines has dramatically increased over the past 10 years or so, particularly Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Auxerrois.
    Our other domain wines from Château de Schengen can be found at City Beverages in London (Hoxton) as can our fabulous sparkling wine Cuvée de l’Ecusson. Gesondheet (Cheers!)
    Jonathan Lyddon

  2. Fred Penning August 16, 2008

    Why isn’t more Luxembourg wine imported to the U.S. and if there is where might I find it in the U.S.

  3. Andrew August 17, 2008

    I think the answer to your question Fred is in the comment above. As Jonathan states – damn small production! Like many an American wine that never makes it across to the UK most, I imagine, is consumed locally too.


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