WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Alsace, France

Located on the border between France and Germany, Alsace stands out from other French wine regions thanks to its strong Franco-Germanic influences.

The region has a truly exceptional setting for making wine. The Vosges Mountains shelter the vineyards from the winds and the lack of clouds results in sunny summer and dry autumns. The climate of Alsace is one of the driest in France. The vineyards are located in a rain shadow and are well exposed to the sun, which suits the slow ripening grape varieties grown here.

Alsace is known for its very aromatic, floral and spicy white wines, which make up over 90% of the region’s production. There are 15,500ha of AOC vineyards and 53 appellations – 51 of which are designated grands crus. The region also produces the most popular AOC sparkling wine consumed in France, Crémant d’Alsace.

A range of grape varieties is grown in Alsace. The most important are Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat. Today we will focus on Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. Wines made from this grape are intensely aromatic with flavours of orange blossom, rose and grape.

To discover one of the best Muscat d’Alsace wines, we suggest you Muscat Grand Cru Goldert 2015 by Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. The winery is located in Turckheim, Alsace, and has been producing a range of wines from its own vineyards across the region for more than 50 years.

The Muscat Grand Cru Goldert 2015 is a really stunning, firmly structured wine. On the nose, it has a deep, fresh and mineral bouquet with super ripe and precise fruit aromas. Full-bodied, super pure and fresh with flavours of jasmine and white stone fruit on the palate. The finish is long and piercing with savoury elements.

Critic scores: RP 93, WE 95
Aging ability: 2019-2035

Amsterdam, December 2nd 2019