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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.

1991 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg Wintzenheim SGN

Capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

WS  94   

1991 Zind-Humbrecht Tokay Pinot Gris Heimbourg Turckheim SGN

Signs of past seepage

WS  95   

2014 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive

375ml

WA  95   
VN  92+    
JS  90   

2015 Marcel Deiss Bergheim Burlenberg Haute Densité

France Direct
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2005 Marcel Deiss Gewurztraminer Quintessence SGN

375ml

France Direct
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VN  97   
3 available
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2016 Marcel Deiss Mambourg

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
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JS  94   
VN  93+    

2016 Marcel Deiss Mambourg

1.5ltr

France Direct
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JS  94   
VN  93+    

2014 Marcel Deiss Schoenenbourg

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
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WA  95   
JS  95   

1996 Weinbach Riesling Cuvee Theo Clos des Capucins

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WS  90   

1976 Hugel Riesling "Hugel" Vendange Tardive SGN Sélectionneé par Jean Hugel

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

1976 Hugel Tokay Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive SGN Selectionnee par Jean Hugel

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue