Alsatian Sensation

Alsace is a relatively small wine region on the eastern border of France next to modern day Germany. Both countries claim influence over the region’s wine, but the fact is that Alsatian wine is a  world unto itself. The micro-climate, grape varietals, and  wine-making traditions are uniquely their own. Long, cool days–with lots of sunshine–bring grapes to full ripeness–raising sugar content and by extension, alcohol content. While German Rieslings are almost always sweet, Alsatian Rieslings and Gewurztraminers are almost always dry (the Alsatians ferment-out more sugar–resulting in higher alcohol content.)

Bottom Line: The wines of Alsace are some of the most exotic and alluring wines in Europe. Here are some examples of Alsace at its best:

Pierre Sparr Cremant d’Alsace Reserve Brut Rose (NV) is 100% Pinot Noir, hand-harvested. This Champagne-method Cremant carries aromas of raspberry and strawberry followed by rich fruit and brisk acidity. 12.5% ABV   22.00

Domaines Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling (2012) spends eight months on the lees (solid particles precipitated from the juice)–plenty of time to absorb extra flavor. The result is intense in aroma and on the palate…almost more than the senses can process. Wow.  12.5% ABV  29.00

Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer (2015) comes across intensely floral and citrusy for a wine that is essentially very clean and delicate. Bring on the Asian/Indian food. 13.5% ABV   27.00

Hugel Classic Pinot Gris (2014) clean, crisp fruit aromas, completely dry in character with subtle fruit and satisfying body–Pinot Gris like you’ve never had. 13% ABV   22.00

Trimbach Riesling (2013) dry, delicate, loaded with character developed from years of bottle aging in the cellar. Delicate bouquet and nicely balanced, Trimbach is naturally rich and lingering. 13% ABV   20.00

Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose (NV) produced in the Champagne-method, this Cremant is light pink in color, reveals rich red fruit on the palate, and ends with nicely balanced fresh acidity. 12% ABV   22.00

Wines of Alsace: Brut Roses, Rieslings, Pinot Gris, and Cremant d’Alsace

 

 

 

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