French Alsace Wines

French Alsace Wines

Alsace with its villages, vineyards and towns lining the foothills of the Vosges mountains, is one of the most picturesque wine regions of French. This unique area of northeast French, which produces some of the greatest white wines in the country, still prides itself on making handcrafted wines and steers clear of outside investment.

The region's continental climate is exceptionally dry. Almost all Alsace wines are white and dry, with the exception of late harvest wines and some red wine produced from Pinot Noir. The soil is extremely varied, with the best vineyards classified as Grand Cru.

Alsace Grapes

Mostly grapes of Germanic origin are grown here, but the resulting wines are much more expressive and fuller-bodied than those over the border. Often consumed with food, the main grape varieties, which are always mentioned in the label, are Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Tokay-Pinot-Gris, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, and Sylvaner.

Some of the greatest wines of Alsace are the Vendange Tardives and Selection des Grains Nobles, which can live for over forty years. Outstanding wines include: Riesling Clos Ste, Hune from F.E. Trimbach, Domaine Zind Humbrecht's Gewürztraminer Rangen Grand Cru, and Hugel's Riesling Vendage Tardive.

"Hardly any Alsace wines are aged in new oak or small oak barrels."

"Alsace has the most complex geological make-up of all the great wine regions of French."

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