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Alsace Wines

The Alsace AOC Designations

Alsace Wines are fine white wines with intense and fresh aromas and uninhibited flavour. The pure and vibrant expression of Alsace Wines is profoundly connected to their origin: a beneficial climate, terroirs of exceptional geological diversity and the exacting savoir-faire of the winegrowers. The wide range includes Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Crémants d'Alsace, as well as Grands Crus and Vendanges Tardives, allowing classic or surprising marriages with all kinds of dishes, from seafood to global cuisine, from white meats to cheeses and desserts.

All the Alsace Wines are AOC wines.

Wines from the “Alsace” AOC and the “Alsace Grands Crus” are still presented in their traditional tall “Rhine wine” bottle, the flûte d’Alsace. They should be served cool, but not icy, at 8-10°C. The Crémant d’Alsace is served chilled, between 5 and 7°.

The AOC Alsace Grands Crus

The 51 AOC Alsace Grands Crus reward those exceptional terroirs, which give an expressive force and a particular authenticity to the wines. These AOC are subject to the strictest production regulations; some places also choose to further strengthen these regulations (Zotzenberg, Altenberg de Bergheim, Kaefferkopf).

The label must mention the vintage and one of the fifty-one localities able to use the designation and it usually indicates the grape variety (with some exceptions, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris or Muscat).

The Grands Crus d’Alsace represent only 4% of the total production of Alsace Wines.

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The AOC Alsace

This is the main AOC in Alsace (75% of total production). The label mentions the grape variety, but can also indicate a brand or the annotation “Edelzwicker” or “Gentil” for a blend of white grape varieties.

For wines presenting a particular typicity and meeting higher standards, the name of the AOC may be supplemented by a geographical designation or a name of a locality.

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The AOC Crémant d'Alsace

This designation is for the sparkling Alsace Wines, which are lively and delicate and produced using traditional methods, mainly from Pinot Blanc, but also from Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay. These wines are the leading Crémants in France today and represent 23% of the production of Alsace Wines.

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