Dirler-Cade

The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, near Guebwiller. The domaine added new vineyards in 2000 with the marriage of 5th generation Jean Dirler to Ludivine Cadé, and now has 45 acres under vine. Over 40% of the holdings are Grand Cru, and include portions of: Saering, whose clay/limestone soils produce wines with rapier-like acidity; Spiegel, whose sandy/stony soil provide wines with ethereal finesse; Kessler, whose rich sandstone/clay soil makes for powerful, long-lived wines; and Kitterlé whose more volcanic soils engender highly spiced wines with great flavor persistence. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris account for over 60% of the vines, the remainder being Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat, and Chasselas. The vinification is essentially traditional, using both large oak foudres and stainless steel, while the vineyards are farmed 100% biodynamically.

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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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • 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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  • Sometimes grey matters. No pun intended. In this case it happens to matter a lot, yet in a very specific way. I recently wrote about Value Pinot Gris, and $20 Pinot Gris, but these were Gris in name only. Today I present a very modest selection of Pinot Gris, though in this case the wines are Alsace Pinot Gris and these are so distinctively diff... Read More

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  • Dirler Cade Pinot Gris Bux 2010

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    Theres a touch of VA here adding lift and accenting the spicy floral character of the aromas here. Theres some apple and peach fruit and even a touch of quince on the nose but this is beautifully spicy above all else. Sweet, broad and lush in the mouth with green tea and honied accents to the core of apple and quince fruit. This is a rich, power... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • The things us folk in the wine industry are forced to endure...Earlier this week I was invited to a dinner organized by Deussen, who represent the Vins d'Alsace. For those that don't know my tastes yet, I'm a big fan of Alsatian wines, and considering my Germanic roots, the fact that the whole dinner was built around asparagus pairings was prett... Read More

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  • Dirler-Cade Pinot Blanc Crémant d'Alsace 2005

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    A clean, light floral sparkler. There's a nice mousse of medium intensity, a delicate floral nose, which leads to some clean bright fruits and a nice mineral character, with just a touch of yeast. Similar to a blanc de blancs. Read More

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  • Dirler-Cade Gewürztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Kessler 2001

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