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Alsace

Alsace in northeastern France is so close to Germany that the wines of Alsace and Germany are often confused. Both are typically sold in distinctive, slim, long-necked bottles, and are made from the same grapes. Alsace has never officially been a part of Germany, though it was occupied by the German military in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wine writer Hugh Johnson has noted that despite German influences, Alsace’s “soul is entirely French. Alsace makes Germanic wines in the French way.” In contrast to German wines, Alsace wines generally are very dry, with a higher alcohol content and riper, more scented fruit. Alsace has 33,000 acres of vineyards, many of them in the picturesque foothills of the Vosges Mountains. The grapes of the region are Sylvaner, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is also grown, though it is mainly used for Rosé wines. Alsace’s most admired wines are its Rieslings, which since 1985 may be designated as Grand Crus. Some 50 vineyards in the region have been classified as Grand Crus, and are allowed to use the appellation on their labels. Unlike all other French winemaking regions, Alsace labels are varietal, meaning that a wine made of Riesling, for example, is called Riesling. Official Alsace appellations include Cremant d’Alsace for sparkling wines.

1994 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain SGN

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; label condition issue

RP  99   
WS  91   

1996 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Hunawihr Clos Windsbuhl

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

RP  95   
WS  91   
12 available
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1996 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain

Light label condition issue

RP  95   
WS  95   
12 available
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2020 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain

Light label condition issue

2 available
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2020 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain

Lightly depressed cork; light label condition issue

1991 Zind-Humbrecht Tokay Pinot Gris Heimbourg Turckheim SGN

375ml

WS  95   
5 available
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2000 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Hors Choix SGN

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WA  97   
ST  96   
WS  95   

2016 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

WS  95   

2017 Trimbach Riesling Reserve

Light label condition issue

WS  93   
JS  93   
WE  93   
VN  92   

2016 Marcel Deiss Altenberg Bergheim Grand Vin

2-bottle Lot

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
10 weeks from purchase date
VN  96+    
JS  96   

2018 Albert Boxler Pinot Gris Brand

2016 Kientzler Riesling Schoenenbourg

VN  94+    
WA  92+    

2021 Yura L'Abeille et le Papillon

3 available
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2018 Gustave Lorentz Riesling Kanzlerberg

Light label condition issue

JS  93   
JR  17.5   
5 available
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2013 Domaine Charles Sparr Riesling Schoenenbourg

2016 Domaine Loberger Pinot Noir Nuances

1997 Materne Haegelin et ses filles Tokay Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; light label condition issue