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Alsatian Wine France

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With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines, Alsace is one of France’s most unique viticultural regions. This hotly contested stretch of land running north to south on France’s northeastern border has spent much of its existence as German territory. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Vosges mountains, it is one of the driest regions of France but enjoys a long and cool growing season. Autumn humidity facilitates the development of “noble rot” for the production of late-picked sweet wines, Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles.

The best wines of Alsace can be described as aromatic and honeyed, even when completely dry. The region’s “noble” varieties, the only ones permitted within Alsace’s 51 Grands Crus vineyards, are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris.

Riesling is Alsace’s main specialty. In its youth, Alsatian Riesling is dry, fresh and floral, but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Gewurztraminer is known for its signature spice and lychee aromatics, and is often utilized for late harvest wines. Pinot Gris is prized for its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavors. Muscat, vinified dry, tastes of ripe green grapes and fresh rose petal.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir—the only red grape permitted in Alsace and mainly used for sparkling rosé known as Crémant d’Alsace. Most Alsatian wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Gewurztraminer 2016  Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Gewurztraminer 2016
    Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2015 Front Label
    Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2015
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Hugel Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Hugel Classic Riesling (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2010  Front Label
    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2010
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2015 Front Label
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    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
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    Cave de Ribeauville Clos du Zahnacker 2009
    Other White Blends from Alsace, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Riesling 2015  Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Kitterle Grand Cru Riesling 2015
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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  • Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2014 Front Label
    Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2014
    Riesling from Alsace, France
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