Bordered by the Vosges Mountains on the West and Germany’s Rhine River to the East, Alsace is one of France’s most picturesque wine regions. The wines of Alsace are predominantly dry whites that offer rich, pure varietal fruit with a pronounced earth/mineral character. Fifty-one Grand Cru vineyards top the region’s hierarchy of quality.
Concentrated, full-bodied dry white wines
Purity of fruit and terroir
New oak rarely used
Wines labeled by grape variety
Dry with warm, sunny summers
Rain Shadow effect
Soils: Large mix due to rift valley georgraphy
Bas Rhin (South
Haut Rhin (North)
Tremendous diversity of soil types.
Primary Grape Varieties
Pinot Gris (Tokay d’Alsace)
Sylvaner planted in Zotenberg vineyard
Alsace AOC (1962)
Alsace Grand Cru (1983)
51 Grand Crus (51st Grand Cru as of 1/12/07)
Noble Varieties only
Cremant d’Alsace AOC (1976)
Late-Harvest Wines & Terms
Vendange Tardive (VT)
Rich, full-bodied in style
Not necessarily sweet
Selection de Grains Noble (SGN)
Dessert wines from botrytis fruit
Blended carafe wine
Minimum alcohol content for AOC Alsace
The minimum alcohol content of Alsace Grand Cru
Name the permitted varietals used for Alsace AOC
Riesling, Gewurz, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Sylvaner, Pinot Noir, and Chasselas
What is Klevener de Heiligenstein and where is it from?
The Alsace wine made from the savagnin rose grape
Where is Sylvaner a permitted varietal for Grand Cru classification?