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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    Bright straw color. White Peach, orange, honey and pear on the nose. The wine is broad on the palate, round and complex, with juicy ripe fruits and a long finish. The richness of this wine matches Asian cuisine and spicy dishes perfectly. Pomelo salad, chilli crab, Thai curry, etc. Certified organic and biodynamic. A blend of 40% Pinot Blanc, 40% Pinot...

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    Pale straw color. Aromas of white flowers and ripe grapes, orange blossoms, lychee, jasmine and honey. Light bodied and delicate on the palate. Finishes long with repeating lively floral notes. This is the perfect wine to go for aperitifs, by the swimming pool with summer salads, picnic sides, bits and nibbles. Certified organic and biodynamic. A blend of...

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    Vibrant straw color. Aromas of citrus fruits, flowers, kumquat. Bright and juicy palate with the acidity of green lime counter-balanced by a touch of residual sugar. Lemon, peach and tangerine shining on the persistent finish. What an outstanding wine! One of our favorite! Grapes: 100% Riesling Certified organic and biodynamic. Origin: Villages of...

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    Deep gold color. Exotic aromas of rose petals and lychees, sweet spices and honey. Rich and dense dessert wine with an opulent mouthfeel (it's not overly sweet with only 27g/L of residual sugar). Traditionally served in entree with foie gras, or spicy Asian cuisine, Thai food, Indian curry... or have it instead of a dessert, this liquid candy is really...

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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. Vivid straw colour. Aromas of citrus fruits, yellow peony and bergamot on the enticing nose. Rich textured palate combining a lot of depth and power, a lemony acidity. The long finish features ripe stone fruits, peach, apricot, lime and a bright minerality. Impressive, this world class Riesling should be the star of your meal! Grand...

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