A couple of tastings -- the first was at Minetta in April 2000 and the note is by Thor Iverson; the rating was by me -- I loved the wine -- 4*:
This was followed by a true rarity, the 1955 Dornfesser Chasselas Neiderschwihrler "Cuvée Bon Choucroute", which proves the ridiculousness of the old adage "chasselas doesn''t age 45 years, you nincompoop!" Triumphant and even a bit youthfully woolly, this was a wine for the ages, though there seemed to be vanishingly little of it.
[After reflecting on this note, it occurs to me that my 4* rating probably relates to my joy at the spoof rather than a reaction to an actual wine -- if I had tasted a wine, I would normally have used a T4* rating. My belief is buttressed by another of Thor's references at a different offline: "Ah, here's an old friend in a new package: Dornfesser 2000 Chasselas Neiderschwihrler "Cuvée Bon Choucroute" (Lorraine). As always, this wine seems to be gone before it arrives, such is the affection wine geeks 'round the world have for it. Beyond ethereal, the lightest and most transparent wine I've ever tasted." The two notes can be found HERE
, if you care to judge for yourself. (The recent unpleasantness prevents me from clarifying the matter directly.)]
But I'm sure this tasting last summer at Carlo Russo in Hohokus involved an actual wine: Gertie & Max Chasselas Markgräflerland Baden Germany 2005 "This delicate dry white wine is created from a fascinating grape called Gutedel (rhymes with "fruit ladle"), a.k.a. Chasselas in Alsace and Switzerland. It is said to be the world's most ancient variety. Its silky mouthfeel and slightly nutty character make it a wonderful choice as a cocktail sipper, a versatile partner for light seafood dishes, and a classic accompaniment to cheese in general and cheese fondue in particular."
12% alcohol. $12.00. Imported by Wines for Foods, New York City. Light white color, clear color, slight aroma of nuts and apples, silky and easy to like, short finish, hickory nuts and fun. 2*+.
This is a wonderful label -- one that Peter should seriously consider for his next book. Check these lovely two mice out here.