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[Sylvaner] [Pinot Blanc] [Riesling] [Muscat d'Alsace] [Tokay Pinot Gris]
[Gewurztraminer] [Pinot Noir] [Crémant d'Alsace]
"It is necessary to be in the cellar of a good wine grower, after the grape harvests to realize the multiplicity of the Alsatian vines, because then, according to a secular tradition, the owner makes you do the tour of his wealth of the year while following an unchanging order.
One always begins with the ordinary type of vines, the Chasselas, the Knipperlé, if there is any, the Sylvaner, then while remaining in the same tone, one passes in quality vines, to the Muscat, or the Riesling, then in softer wines, to the Gewurztraminer and to the Tokay Pinot Gris.
Formerly, this ascending order came along with the fast decrease in the size of the tasted barrels. Currently, this traditional rule is often at fault, because many wine grower stores his Pinot Pinot or his Traminer in a bigger barrel than his Chasselas'one today. This proves of two things the one (or even both at the same time) : that the Alsatian wine grower finds a larger profit in the culture of quality vines, either that the amateur of Alsace wine prefers vintage wines to those of common consumption. "
The best vintages for Alsace Wines :
Exceptional : 1973, 1976, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997
The Klevner is a rarer grape variety, known as Klevener of Heiligenstein : superb white wine with a golden colour, discret and mellow specific character, which give it a fruity taste, and make of it a rare, much asked for wine made out of the ancient Alsatian Traminer named " Rotedel ", the grape variety " Savagnin Rose ", but less aromatic ?
3 Clearly Identifiable Appellations on The Label
The Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Alsace or Vin d'Alsace is the oldest and best known.
The label of an A.O.C. Alsace or Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Alsace wine mentions usuallythe name of the grape variety , out of the 7 recognized in Alsace.
The label of an A.O.C. or Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Alsace Grand Cru is given only to wines which match particularly strict quality standards, more precisely in terms of specific vineyards, of a certain degree of ripeness, of successful completion of a tasting test by experts, etc...
The A.O.C. or Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Crémant d'Alsace is given to sparkling wines of Alsace. Lively and delicate , they are made by the traditional method (similar to the one used for Champagne), mainly from Pinot blanc, but also from Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.
[ Sylvaner] [ Pinot Blanc] [ Riesling] [ Muscat d'Alsace] [ Tokay Pinot Gris]
[ Gewurztraminer] [ Pinot Noir] [ Crémant d'Alsace]
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