When faced with a flight of wines from the same region, or even just a single wine, it’s good to have some pointers that justify taking you to that region. It’s rarely just one factor that’ll take you to a specific place. It’s usually a combination. The more unique this combination the stronger your argument. This is by no means an exhaustive list — 10 is just a nice number.
- Varietally distinctive
mostly noble, aromatic, varieties such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris.
- Riper and fuller bodied
especially compared to German or Italian versions of the same varieties, Alsace wines tend to have a richness and generosity. Sunny, dry continental climate with long growing season
- Range of styles
various soils, slopes, and varieties, and long ripening season
- Earthy complexity
inclusion of botrytis is some drier styles adds complexity and not something seen much outside the Old World
- Deep colour
riper grapes, some botrytis inclusion, oxidative handling, large old oak foudres, and us of varieties such as Gewurz and Pinot Gris that have tinted skins.
- Very high quality possible
slopes, soils, low disease pressure, long growing season.
- No new oak
old, large oval oak foudres, want to preserve primary fruit
- No MLF
want to preserve acid and primary fruit
- Range of sweetness levels
traditionally dry, but many off-dry, also Vendage Tardive and lusciously sweet Selection de Grains Nobles
- Texture and minerality
possibly influenced by one or a combonation of terroir, lees aging, and fermenting in old oak foudres at ambient temperature