Over the last year, I have fallen in love with Alsace. Along with the Mosel and Austria, it is one of the world’s top destinations for Riesling. Here’s a cracking example. This is one of Andre Ostertag’s vins de fruit, where the objective is the primary expression of the variety above that of the terroir. [...]
I have just written up the first part of my June trip to Alsace, which you can find here.
There’s also a short film, giving a glimpse of this beautiful region. This is concentrating on the vineyards around the pretty village of Kientzheim:
Catherine Faller of Weinbach
Day 2 in Alsace was a busy one, beginning with an appointment at Weinbach. The Fallers – Colette and her daughters Catherine and Laurence – have developed an enviable reputation for this estate, which was a monastery until the French Revolution.
Grand Cru Schlossberg
It was acquired by Catherine’s grandfather in 1898, [...]
Arrived late in Alsace last night because of a delayed flight, so it was straight off to dinner – one that I’d been looking forward to for some time.
It was held at La Nouvelle Auberge in Wihr au Val, which is run by Bernard Leray (originally from Brittany) and his wife Martine (from Alsace). The [...]
Two happy hunting grounds for Riesling: Alsace and Austria.
These bottles satisfied, the Trimbach for its purity and freshness, and the Stadt Krems for its depth of flavour and richness of texture. Both are affordable (I bought the Austrian for £10 a few years back, and the Trimbach is similarly priced), but deliver the sort of quality [...]
Celine Meyer, Josmeyer
Just two appointments on my last day in Alsace, but they were very good ones. First, Josymeyer, with Celine Meyer, managing director. Her sister Isabelle is the winemaker, and the style here tends to dryness and precision.
The Riesling Kottabe 2009 is the value pick here, but in terms of absolute quality, the [...]
So last night we dined in Colmar with Foulques Aulagnon of the CIVA. The venue was L’Epicurean, and as it was a warm evening, we ate outside.
After a long day’s tasting, we needed beer. This came in the way of bottles from Brasserie Uberach, an Alsace brewer. La Klintz is a really refreshing wheat beer [...]
Two star Alsace producers visited this morning. One famous (deservedly so), the other less high profile but making some of the region’s best wines.
First up, Domaine Zind Humbrecht in Turckheim. It’s a relatively large, modern, yet unassuming winery in the middle of the flat Herrenweg vineyard on the outskirts of Turckheim. We met with Olivier [...]
Looking to the Schlossberg vineyard
Today has been fabulous. I’m lucky to be travelling with some excellent companions: David Williams, Susy Atkins, Hamish Anderson and Emma Wellings. They are unlucky to be lumped with me.
We set off early for the impossibly beautiful village of Kientzheim, where Domaine Paul Blanck is located. I’m told that by [...]
Colmar was very pretty this morning when I went for an early morning stroll. It’s a good place to be based: slap bang in the middle of the Alsace wine region. Today we shall be mostly in vineyards.