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    Just behind the German border, from Strasbourg in the north down to Thann in the south, lies Alsace. Here, where wine growing was already practised in pre-Roman times, monastic orders created a centre of viticulture that was unparalleled in Europe until the 16th century. Even then, the winegrowers in Alsace recognised that the key to the success of an entire region lays in binding rules for all winegrowers, as laid down centuries later by the "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée" (A.O.C.).

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    Pinot Blanc Classic Alsace AOC 2018 - Hugel & Fils
    Pinot Blanc Classic Alsace AOC 2018 - Hugel & Fils
    Hugel & Fils dry France
    13.71 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£18.28 * / 1 liter(s))
    70217-FR-WW-PB-001-10
    Gewurztraminer Classic Alsace AOC 2016 - Hugel & Fils
    Gewurztraminer Classic Alsace AOC 2016 - Hugel & Fils
    Hugel & Fils dry France
    19.58 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£26.11 * / 1 liter(s))
    70217-FR-WW-GW-001-10
    Riesling 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Riesling 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    15.78 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£21.04 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-RI-00002-11
    Pinot Gris Réserve Alsace AAC 2016 - F.E. Trimbach
    Pinot Gris Réserve Alsace AAC 2016 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    19.48 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£25.97 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-PG-00001-07
    Pinot Noir Reserve 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Pinot Noir Reserve 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    19.48 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£25.97 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-RW-PN-018-09
    Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre 2013 - Trimbach
    Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre 2013 - Trimbach
    Trimbach semi-dry France
    39.08 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£52.11 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-GW-00004-05
    Riesling Clos Sainte Hune 2013 - F.E. Trimbach
    Riesling Clos Sainte Hune 2013 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    217.58 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£290.11 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-RI-00007-06
    Gentil Hugel Alsace AOC 2018 - Hugel & Fils
    Gentil Hugel Alsace AOC 2018 - Hugel & Fils
    Hugel & Fils dry France
    11.59 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£15.45 * / 1 liter(s))
    70217-FR-WW-BL-004-10
    Pinot Noir Classic Alsace AOC 2016 - Hugel & Fils
    Pinot Noir Classic Alsace AOC 2016 - Hugel & Fils
    Hugel & Fils dry France
    17.30 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£23.07 * / 1 liter(s))
    70217-FR-RW-PN-002-09
    Riesling Classic Alsace AOC 2018 - Hugel & Fils
    Riesling Classic Alsace AOC 2018 - Hugel & Fils
    Hugel & Fils dry France
    19.58 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£26.11 * / 1 liter(s))
    70217-FR-WW-RI-001-11
    Pinot Blanc 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Pinot Blanc 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    12.95 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£17.27 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-PB-00001-11
    Riesling Réserve 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Riesling Réserve 2018 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    23.40 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£31.20 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-RI-008-11
    Gewurztraminer Alsace AAC 2016 - F.E. Trimbach
    Gewurztraminer Alsace AAC 2016 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    20.57 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£27.43 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-GW-001-1
    Pinot Gris Réserve Personelle 2015 - F.E. Trimbach
    Pinot Gris Réserve Personelle 2015 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    34.73 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£46.31 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-PG-002-07
    Riesling Sélection de Vieilles Vignes 2016 - F.E. Trimbach
    Riesling Sélection de Vieilles Vignes 2016 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    27.76 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£37.01 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-RI-008-15
    Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2011 - F.E. Trimbach
    Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2011 - F.E. Trimbach
    Trimbach dry France
    56.49 £*
    Content 0.75 liter(s) (£75.32 * / 1 liter(s))
    70011-FR-WW-RI-001-08
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    Quality standards - the key to the first golden wine age in Alsace

    This key moment in Alsace viticulture is mentioned the first time in the specifications of a winegrowing association in Riquewihr, which set a specific harvest date and determined which varieties are to be planted. At the height of Alsace viticulture, an area was cultivated that was twice as large as today's vineyards in Alsace.

    Alsatian Disasters - Thirty Years War and Phylloxera

    Wine-growing in Alsace came to a sudden end, when the horrors of the Thirty Years' War swept over the vineyards from Strasbourg to Colmar and had devastating consequences for both the winegrowers and their vines. By the middle of the 19th century, wine-growing in Alsace had recovered so that 30,000 hectares had been planted at a new peak. But from 1863 phylloxera started its extermination campaign originating from Languedoc, arrived in Burgundy in the 1880s and finally reached Alsace in 1903.

    Today, about 15,000 hectares of vineyards are still cultivated in Alsace, which is reflected in about 150 million bottles of Alsatian wine.

    Grape varieties in Alsace

    White grape varieties are cultivated for the most part, but also Pinot Noir. In descending order of vineyard area these are

    • Riesling
    • Pinot Blanc
    • Gewurztraminer (yes, without umlaut)
    • Pinot Gris
    • Sylvaner (yes, with "y")
    • Muscat d'Alsace

    They all grow on a variety of soils, since the terroir of Alsace is very complex, with bedrock such as granite and gneiss, as well as limestone, marl and sandstone. The soil conditions in Alsace guarantee excellent wines, especially Grands Crus.

    Grand sites - Grand Cru d'Alsace

    Alsace can boast a total of 51 Grand Cru sites, which together cover 1,680 hectares. All began in 1975 with the Schlossberg site in Kientzheim. In 1983, sonorous sites such as Altenberg, Hatschbourg, Kitterlé or Eichberg followed. In 1992, another 25 Grand Crus were added, including Mandelberg, Schoenenberg and Muenchberg.

    Edelzwicker - the special cuvée

    The white wine vines of Alsace can be wonderfully combined in cuvées, which are then marketed under the name Edelzwicker. Gentil d'Alsace is also a popular title for cuvées.

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