Alsace Grand Cru Wine

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Alsace Grand Cru (always followed by the name of one of the 51 vineyards that have been delimited within this Appellation). Defined in 1975, these 51 delimited named vineyards represent 4% of total production. While Alsace wines are traditionally known by their familiar grape names : Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat d'Alsace, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir, the Appellation Alsace Grand Cru gives an added dimension, "terroir", the unique influence of the vineyard itself on the wine. Fifty-one sites have been delimited according to strict criteria of geology and micro-climate, to make up the mosaic of Alsace Grand cru vineyards. These exceptional vineyards vary in size from 3 to 80 hectares, each having its own specific character and personality, according to its geology, aspect and slope. With an annual average of more than 45 000 hl, Alsace Grand Cru wines represent only 4 % of total Alsace wine production. Appreciating Alsace Grand Cru wines In order to taste Alsace Grand Cru wines under optimum conditions, it is best to follow a few simple hints on storage and serving : Although Alsace Grand Cru wines are agreeable to enjoy when they are young, they will gain from being kept Read more »

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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Gewürtztraminer

    History of the grape: Evidence of the parent Traminer grape can be traced back to the Middle Ages, in the Tyrollean A...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

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