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of the popularity of Riesling and Gewurz, what do other grapes
such as Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner or Pinot Noir bring you?
blanc is maybe the less typical of all Alsatian grapes.With
people who use to drink Chardonay, learning about Alsatian
wines with Pinot Blanc is easier because it is more neutral.
Pinot Blanc is an opportunity to attract new tasters to Alsatian
to forget about Sylvaner. We use it mostly in a wine we call
Gentil. It is our entry-range. A big success with 350,000
Noir is a little bit anecdotic. We are selling it mostly in
the french market. It is a light and refreshing red wine.
With a great vintage such as 2003, we manage to make a cuvée
we call Jubilée. It is close to Burgundy wine making.
We can say that Alsace remains a great dry white and aromatic
What can you about recent vintages, since 2000?
As a whole,
the best year in Alsace, maybe since 1990, is 2001.
wines with beautiful maturity, balance and harmony which make
wines we can keep for a long time.
very meaty, very matured, very flattering, nevertheless 2000
does not have the elegance of 2001.
a relatively large harvest. It gives a pleasant wine. We had
some great Riesling. But as a whole 2002 is a little bit below
2000 and 2001.
an atypical year. The year we got dryness. We had fantastic
Pinot Noir. Our most beautiful vintage in 15 years for red
wine. White wines are very meaty, full, very supple, already
very flattering. They should be drunk quite young.
What do you think of the 2004 vintage?
a large harvest year. Some wines suffered from rain. It is
not a year for Vendanges Tardives (late harvest).
very typical Alsatian wines. They are aromatic, elegant, refreshing.
Not a great year but still a good vintage.
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