Jean-Luc Mader

 

Mader (Bio-Dynamic): Alsace (Hunawihr)

The Mader domaine is a very small quantity, high quality wine producer based in the picture postcard village of Hunawihr in the middle of vineyards on the Route des Vins.

The family own 9 hectares of vineyards, including  prized holdings of vines in the famous ‘Rosacker’ Grand Cru vineyard and also now in the Grand cru Schl0ssberg. All vineyard work is carried out by hand and since 2005 their son Jerome is now running the estate having studied and gained a Diploma in Oenology. Since returning to the family estate Jerome has also converted all their vineyards to bio-dynamic viticulture.

Rieslings here are some of the few in Alsace produced in a classic fine dry style built to age. In exceptional years a tiny volume of late harvest ‘Vendanges Tardive’ Riesling is made in a similar fine, elegant style that ages superbly. Jerome is fanatical about quality so yields are kept very low and selections for all wines are very strict ensuring the highest quality. The entire range of wines from the Mader family taste true to their grape varieties and vineyard origins and all represent fantatsic value.

Rated top 10 BEST VALUE PRODUCERS in Alsace  – Tom Stevensons “Global Report”

Although Mader’s wines from Grand Cru Rosacker steal the show, his entire line-up is recommended” Jacqueline Friedrich – The wines of France

 

2014 Pinot Blanc (stelvin-luxe seal)
Fine racy and floral. Classic white flower and citric aromas lead to a crisp and refreshing palate. Perfect aperitif – and great with seafood.

2013 Pinot Gris (stelvin-luxe seal)
Very fragrant peach, apple and tropical fruit characters on the nose and palate. Round and supple in texture, with wonderfully precise flavour. Great concentration and depth with a little residual sweetness in this ripe vintage. The rich texture and cleansing acid balance gives this wine great appeal.

2014 Gewurztraminer
Take one whiff of this wine and it’s impossible to mistake the grape variety. Shows classic rose petal aromas, with hints of wild flowers and exotic Lichee fruit. Lovely round texture, with layer after layer of flavour extending to a very long and generous finish. This is classic Alsace Gewurztraminer.

2014 Riesling (stelvin-luxe seal)
This wine also contains almost 15% de-classified Grand cru fruit from vines around 30 years old in the great Rosacker vineyard. The wine is a blend of several sites of mostly limestone based soil. 2014 has produced a fine dry Riesling with texture and depth. Intense floral citrus aromas with mineral backing and wonderful acid backbone.

2013 Riesling Grand cru “Rosacker” – from 60+ year old vines located at the top of the vineyard
2013 was a very cool vintage for this outstanding Grand Cru vineyard which is home to the famous ‘Clos St Hune’ Riesling from Trimbach. Tiny yields in the 2013 vintage resulted in this wine of great intensity, finesse and shape with rich, intense citrus fruit with notes of minerality and outstanding length. The wine’s great depth of fruit, structure and minerally acidity ensures that 10 years or more of careful cellaring would be well repaid. A great dry Riesling from a great producer and great vineyard !!

2013 Pinot Gris Grand Cu Schlossberg Dry
 Schlossberg is a south east facing slope from a steep terraced granite block. It became the first Alsace grand cru in 1975. The fruit is hand harvested at a yield of only 17hl/ha. The wine is whole bunch pressed with indigenous fermentation. 1/3 is aged in barrel, the rest in tank for 9 months on lees.

2007 Riesling vendanges tardives
Only a tiny amount produced of this remarkably fresh and very attractive medium sweet wine. Lovely fine fruit intensity, round and very long. It is not super-sweet like a Sauternes (and it doesn’t try to be). This is a wine to savour at the beginning of the meal as an aperitif or with foie gras and richly flavoured entrees or cheese platters towards the end of a meal. We also have tiny quantities available of the VT’s from 2001 + 2007 – both great VT years.