Our two vineyards in the region are situated in the beautiful villages of Turckheim and Eguisheim on the route du vin. Our award-winning winemakers specialise in Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. However, stylistically, the two vineyards are very different – thus making a fascinating contrast. A visit to the area is obligatory!
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The wines of Alsace are unique and taste as if they come from somewhere special. A combination of cool, yet sunny climate, together with a complex mixture of soils help give the wines a certain style and personality.
André and his parents have an old family domaine right in the heart of the ancient village of Eguisheim. It is a startlingly pretty place, with old timber-framed houses, colourful window boxes and ubiquitous storks keeping a watchful eye on events down below from their nest high up on the church spire. Young winemaker André fashions wines with lovely elegance and purity. In the last couple of years the wines he makes for us have won Trophies and Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge.
Our exclusive Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes remains a speciality of André. It has the most distinctive aromas and flavours. Think of exotic perfume, lychee and rose water. In the mouth it is equally exotic with sweet flavours of Turkish delight, honeysuckle and citrus fruits. It is heady and opulent, but has a seam of lively acidity too, keeping it balanced. A good food wine, try it with sweet and sour pork, Thai green curry or soft, powerful cheeses like Munster. A consistent medal winner at the International Wine Challenge.
Young André Gruss’ Riesling Les Prélats, exclusively made for us, has won an astounding number of medals and Trophies in recent years. Such is the quality and consistency. Unlike many Alsace Rieslings, it is a lighter, more elegant style with an apple blossom nose and delicious greengage and citrus fruit in the mouth. It has a long, lingering, slatey finish. Best drunk young, but will keep up to four years.
Pinot Gris is one of the great noble grape varieties. It offers many different styles, but at it’s best can provide an aromatic and spicy alternative to Riesling and even Gewürztraminer.
This relatively new wine from the talented André Gruss comes from a tiny plot on a mix of limestone and clay with a south easterly exposure. It has been matured on the fine lees for extra richness. It is an attractive, balanced, off dry style with an aromatic slatey nose and persistent flavours of ripe peach and apricot. A good food wine, try this with spicy chicken or pork dishes or even a chicken tikka masala. Drink within 3-4 years.
Pierre Baur encapsulates the excitement and beauty of the region through his artisanal and passionate approach to winemaking. The majority of his vines grow on a natural, south-facing amphitheatre behind the pretty town of Turckheim. Here the soils are granitic, with black mica and gneiss, which gives the wines a distinct mineral style.
On these very steep slopes, Pierre cultivates the soils using a horse-drawn plough – as hard work as it is he feels that it is worth the effort. As a biodynamic winemaker, natural methods and a desire to respect the environment with extreme attention to detail are at the heart of everything he does. His wines are powerful, mineral and ageworthy.
Pinot Gris is one of the great noble grape varieties. It reaches its zenith in Alsace where the combination of sunny autumn weather, complex soil structures and hundreds of years of knowhow, contrive to produce wines with an incredible spectrum of aromas and flavours.
Combining the excellent qualities of Riesling and Gewürztraminer, this off-dry style has wonderful flavours of orchard fruits, slatey spice, ginger and honeysuckle that linger in the mouth. Drink within five to six years of vintage, but there’s no hurry. Try it with black pudding, comte cheese or crab stuffed avocado.
Our exclusive Riesling Grand Cru Brand comes from the famous granitic amphitheatre of vines at the back of the village of Turckheim. Our Grand Cru Brand has a complex nose of white flowers, apricot, wet stone and forecourt. The palate is energetic and fresh – the lovely juicy acidity supports the crisp palate of peach and apricot and the length is monumentally long, reverberating with honey, citrus and minerals. Alsace wines are food wines par excellence. Try this with chicken or river fish in a creamy sauce. Can develop over 5-10 years.
This remarkable and unforgettable grape variety is as exotic and aromatic as they come. It has delightfully sweet, yet balanced flavours of lychee and Turkish delight together with apricot and pear. It will make a very good match with smoked salmon, Oriental food, Munster or Wensleydale cheeses. Although it will age well, preferably drink within five to six years.
The hotels, chambres d’hôtes and gîtes we recommend in Alsace are all personally known to us and are where we stay when we visit our winemakers. They have been selected because they are convenient for the vineyards, offer a warm welcome and provide good value for money within their category.