Alsace

(France)

Alsace is the most famous French region in the world for white wines. Cultivated almost exclusively with white grapes, they are really the absolute protagonists: in the label of the wines the name of the grape is a primary element, while, usually, the place of origin is indicated. Not surprisingly, the Alsatian grapes are among the most aromatic in the world: Gewürtztraminer, Moscato bianco, Riesling have a particularly floral and fruity character thanks to the characteristics of the territory.
 Protected to the west by the Vosges mountains, the rains are less frequent than other French regions. The climate is rather hot and dry. Despite its proximity to Germany, the Alsatian wines are certainly more dry and full-bodied, because they turn all the sugar into alcohol. To preserve the fresh and fruity character of the grapes, casks for aging are unlikely to be used.
The Alsace vineyards are between 170 and 470 meters: the humidity of autumn favors the development of Botrytis Cinerea, a parasitic fungus essential for the production of the famous Sélection de Grains Nobles.
The composition of the land is very varied: granite, schistose, sandy, clayey, volcanic, calcareous sediments, the plains at the foot of the Vosges are, however, alluvial. This makes the soil very fertile and suitable for growing grapes. The latter makes the wines with the most structure; the former make them more mineral and delicate, in particular the Rieslings. The red berried grape is present in a minimal part in Alsace: it is Pinot Noir, commonly used for the production of Rouge and Rosé D'Alsace and for the classic method sparkling wines Crémant D'Alsace.
The most famous grapes, however, are the noble white wines: Gewürtztraminer, Moscato bianco, Riesling, Pinot Grigio.
Less noble but very characteristic are the Sylvaner, Pinot Bianco, Klevner, Auxerrois, Chasselas grapes. Often used in combination with others, they give the bottle further character and structure.
Alsace is recognized by the French quality system as an area of ​​Appellation d'Origine Côntrolée (AOC). Inside there is the further distinction between Alsace Grand Cru AOC and iCrémant D'Alsace AOC wines. All Alsace AOC wines can bear the name of the production grape on the label only if they are monovarietal; moreover, those from late harvest, the so-called noble grapes and the particular productions (Réserve, Sélection and Special Cuvée) are indicated.

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Region
Alsace
Country
France
Soil and climate
Thanks to its position on the eastern slopes of the Vogesernes, Alsace is protected from the rains, the mists and the cold merchandise of the Atlantic. The cold winds from the north-east are held back by the Black Forest with its wooded peaks. This creates a climatic niche, characterized by scarce rains and a lot of sun, especially considering that it is one of the most northern wine districts of France.
History
The geographical position of the region to the north-east of France has led to frequent wars and border conflicts. The first to conquer the area were the Romans, then came the barbarians who in turn were beaten by the Franks. In the mid-1300s the region was under the dominion of feudal dukes and powerful bishops of Strasbourg and, a century later, the whole area was invaded by armagnachi. In 1633, during the Thirty Years War, even the Swedes raged in the area. In the last one hundred and thirty years, the region has changed nationality four times: after the war between the French and the Prussians, in 1871, it passed to Germany and then, after the First World War, became French again. In 1940 Hitler's troops occupied the region, but with the peace of 1945, Alsace returned to France.
Typical products
The wines of Alsace are generally made with a single vine and with strong varietal character. Riesling is considered by the winemakers themselves as the "king" of the vines. Gewűrztraminer is the vine that many associate with Alsace and has become the ambassador of the district with its broad, warm and spicy flavor (gewűrtz means spice in German) that completes the relatively low acidity. The aroma is intensely aromatic with notes of spice and musk. Tokay.Pinot Grigio is a vine that has arrived in Alsace on tortuous roads. Tokay-pinot grigio wines are often robust, full but also soft. In Alsace there are two varieties of Muscat: Muscat à Petits Grains and Muscat Ottonel and the wines are often made with the two grape varieties in grapes. Pinot Bianco is a quite productive vine that has not managed the same status as the four vines described above, but it is a vine with a long tradition in Alsace.
Typical dishes
The Alsatian specialties must be tasted inside the Winstub, precursors of wine bars and taverns. Do not forget, however, the aperitif, usually made from a beer accompanied by the inseparable bretzel. In Mulhouse, take a seat at one of the wooden tables with red checkered tablecloths of the Winstub Zum Sauwadala and order the queen of the menu: the choucroute. This typical cabbage dish, different types of sausage (including that of Strasbourg), smoked lard and potatoes is celebrated every year in the many Alsatian countries; It is perfect combined with a glass of Riesling. The foie gras was born right here. At the entrance to Kayserberg, the chef at Le Chambard Olivier Nasti proposes to pair it with the traditional pain d'épices. Those who prefer a more familiar cuisine should try the flammekueche, a delicious tarte flambée with various fillings in the two Flamme & Co restaurants, in Kayserberg and in Strasbourg. Then take the Route de la carpe frite in the Sundgau area, where the carp is served with salad and fries.
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Wine type White biodynamic still
Region: Alsace
Grapes: 30% Müller Thurgau, 30% Pinot Grigio, 10% Traminer Aromatico, 30% Auxerrois
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Producer Hugel & Fils
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Producer Hugel & Fils
Wine type White still
Region: Alsace
Grapes: 2% Moscato Bianco, Pinot Bianco, 24% Pinot Grigio, 15% Riesling, Sylvaner Verde, 19% Traminer Aromatico
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Producer Domaine Gruss & Fils
Wine type White still medium sweet aromatic
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Producer Domaine Marcel Deiss
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Producer Chateau de Vaux
Wine type White biodynamic sparkling classic method brut
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Producer Chateau de Vaux
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Wine type White biodynamic still semi-dry aromatic
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