Alsace

The first traces of Vines date back long before the Gallo-Roman era. Vines fossils have been found in the layers of the Quaternary which can lead us to say that it existed in the region before the advent of man. It would have given subsequently rise to the Vitis Vinifera variety of wild vine, ancestor of our current varieties, the ''vitis vinefe...

The first traces of Vines date back long before the Gallo-Roman era. Vines fossils have been found in the layers of the Quaternary which can lead us to say that it existed in the region before the advent of man. It would have given subsequently rise to the Vitis Vinifera variety of wild vine, ancestor of our current varieties, the ''vitis vinefera occidentalis''. Viticulture as we know it, started with the Romans invasions, around 50BC.

Today, there are 4,700 winegrowers in Alsace: 20% independent growers, 39% cooperatives and 41% traders producers. The size of the vineyard is 15 000 hectares classified as AOC (there is no IGP). The amount of wine produced was 1,150,000 hectoliters in 2009 (equivalent to 150 million bottles). Production in the region is 70% of dry white wines and sweet white wines, 20% of sparkling wines and 10% of red.

Wine is produced in the departments of Bas-Rhin (67) and Haut-Rhin (68). The wine route stretches 170km from north (Strasbourg) to south (Mulhouse), along the Ill river, between the Vosges Mountains (west), and the Rhine river (east). The vineyards are concentrated in a narrow strip, running in a roughly north-south direction, on the lower eastern slopes of the Vosges, at altitudes of 175–420 m.

There are 3 Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC): Alsace (78%), Cremant d’Alsace (18%), Alsace Grand Cru (4%). The average yield varies from max. 55hl / ha for the Grands Crus to 80 hl / ha for Crémant. The first AOC was recognized by the INAO in November 1945.

Because of predominantly westerly winds, the Vosges mountains tend to shelter Alsace from rain and maritime influence, and the region is therefore rather dry and sunny. The region climate is semi-continental, (average temperature 11°C, 500mm rainfall, 1600h sunshine). While the slope down the Vosges is generally east-facing, many of the best sites are south-west to south-east facing, and benefit from extra sun exposure.

The soil that make up the vineyard have an impressive diversity and richness. The vineyard is planted on calcareous soils, granite, schist, gneiss and sandstone. The main grape varieties are for white wine: Riesling (22%), Gewurztraminer (20%), Pinot Blanc (21%), Pinot Gris (15.5%), Sylvaner (7%), Muscat (2,5%). And Pinot noir for red wine (10%). The Grand Cru decreed in 1975 combines the characteristics of each of these territories to the vines. So there are 51 Grands Crus, each one of them unique.

Alsace is known for being the only French wine-growing region with a long practice in varietal labeling, which was a German tradition. There is a legal requirement for bottling Alsace wine in tall bottles commonly called "flûtes d'Alsace" or "Rhine wine bottle“ which is also traditional in many German regions.

Alsace produces some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world as well as highly aromatic Gewürztraminer wines.

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    A blend of 40% Pinot Blanc, 40% Pinot Auxerrois, 10% Pinot Gris and 10% Pinot Noir (vinified as white wine Origin: Villages of Beblenheim and Zellenberg Bright straw colour. Fresh Peach, orange, honey and pineapple on the nose. The fruit is elegant and complex, on the palate, it is broad and fresh with a juicy, creamy long finish. The broadness of this...

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    Certified organic and biodynamic. A blend of Muscat Ottonel 60% and Muscat d'Alsace 40%. Origin: Villages of Riquewihr and Beblenheim. Bright straw color. Aromas of white flowers and ripe grapes, apple, lychee and honey. Surprisingly light bodied and delicate on the palate. Finishes long with repeating lively floral notes. Good for aperitifs, salads,...

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    Grapes: 100% Riesling Origin: Villages of Riquewihr, Zellenberg and Ribeauvillé. Vivid straw colour. A bouquet of flowers on the nose. Bright and juicy on the palate with the fine acidity of citrus fruits. Ginger, peach and tangerine shining on the persistent finish. Certified organic and biodynamic Ageing potential: 10 to 12 years. Annual Production...

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    Grapes: 100% Gewurztraminer Origin: Villages of Beblenheim and Zellenberg. Bright gold-tinged straw colour. Exotic aromas of rose petals and litchi, spices and honey. Rich and dense with an opulent mouthfeel, off-dry (27g/l residual sugar). Ideally, served with the great cuisine of Alsace, such as foies gras, or asian food, indian curry... Certified...

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    Grapes: 100% Pinot Gris. Origin: Village Beblenheim, steep slopes, 220 to 270 metres altitude, facing southeast. A particularly dry microclimate (500mm rain/year). The terroir is marl and sandstone. Vibrant straw colour. Deep aromas of pomelos, pineapple and white flowers. Broad on the palate with ripe pear and apple flavors. Off dry, lively and fresh...

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    Grapes: 100% Riesling. Origin: Villages of Kientzheim and Kaysersberg. Slopes facing south-southeast, 200 to 300 meters altitude. The soil is a mix of migmatites and granites, which give the wine a great aromatic fineness and crystalline acidity. Vivid straw colour. Hints of bergamot, almond and violet on the enticing nose. Rich textured palate combining...

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