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France: Alsace

What About the Great Wines of Alsace?
Alsace is responsible for some of the world’s greatest white wines. Most firms bottle a typical Alsatian range with at least a Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris. These are accompanied by a range of other specialties from more unusual varietals such as Muscat or Pinot Blanc to the region’s luscious and sought after dessert wines, Vendange Tardive and Selection des Grains Nobles. It is with the first three, however, that Alsace has crafted its sterling reputation. The wines bare little resemblance to German versions made just over the border (or just about anywhere else for that matter). Lying in the rain shadow of a mountain range, Alsace is actually a warm and sunny climate for its northern latitude, with a plethora of fantastic sloping vineyard sites. The resultant wines are rich, ripe, and heady. They are usually fermented to dryness, and make forceful and aromatic table wines. Alsatian wines truly shine best at the table. Finally, Alsatian wines still represent some of the world’s best values, with many (if not most) bottlings from the finest producers being available for less than $20. Indeed, some can be found under the $10 mark!

Premier Producers
Leon Beyer (Comtes d’Eguisheim)
Josmeyer (L’Exception)
Albert Mann
Domaine Ostertag
Schoffit
Trimbach (Clos Ste. Hune)
Domaine Weinbach
Zind Humbrecht


Great Producers
Lucien Albrecht
Francois Baur
Jean Becker
Leon Beyer
Boeckel
Bott Freres
Bott-Geyl
Marcel Deiss
Dopff & Irion
Dopff au Moulin
Jerome Geschickt
Hartweg
Hugel
Josmeyer
Cave Vinicole de Kientzheim-Kayersberg
Marc Kreydenweiss
Kuentz-Bas
Gustave Lorentz
Arthur Metz
Julien Meyer
Rene Mure
Pfaffenheim
Riefle
Francois Schwach
Schlegel Boeglin
Schlumberger
Pierre Sparr
Trimbach


Dependable Producers
Domaine Barmes Buecher
Charles Baur
Jean-Pierre Bechtold
Bennwihr
Jean-Marc Bernhard
Bestheim
Fleith
Clos du Letzenberg
Mader
Les Viticulteurs Reunis a Sigolsheim
Scherer
Charles Schleret

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