In Alsace you will meet unmatched serenity, beauty, hospitality and, not the least, some of the World's best white wines. Alsace-Wine.net is your guide to wine touring in Alsace by foot, by bike and by car.
Alsace offers charming wines of great quality and unmatched diversity. In the medieval Alsatian villages with their narrow, cobblestone alleys you will meet dedicated producers on terroirs tended by their forefathers since generations.
Enjoy reading about the great Alsace grape varieties Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat, as well as Sylvaner, Auxerrois and Klevener d'Heiligenstein. Learn more about the Alsace Grand Cru system, AOC rules, viticulture and the terroirs of Alsace.
Alsace-Wine.net presents several dozens of Alsace producers, many of which are up-and-coming, who all will love to welcome you on their premises.
Every vintage is unique.The winter was very mild and turned directly into summer end of March. High temperature boosted the vegetation. Although April to June was dry, the wines did not suffer from drought. The rains in July were welcome, in contrast to the ones in August which made the berries susceptible to grey rot. In addition, the insect Suzukii caused huge damage, reducing the crop of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris dramatically. Our biodynamic cultivation did, however, reduce the damage.
But not everything was gloomy. The harvest was a dream; three weeks of sunny and dry conditions. Riesling, Sylvaner, Muscat and Pinot Gris had incredible maturity, acidity and finesse. Our selection has made all the difference! We remain true to our image.
Etienne Loew, Vigneron à Westhoffen
2005 Riesling Grand Cru Kanzlerberg, Lorentz Kanzlerberg is the smallest Grand Cru in Alsace, just over 3 acres with only two owners, Lorentz and Sylvie Spielmann. It is located next door to the sun-drenched Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim giving golden yellow, generous but elegant wines with subtle oranges and honey aromas. But Kanzlerberg is not so exposed, and the clay soil makes the wines much more tight, requiring long cellaring to show their best.
2005 Riesling Grand Cru Kanzlerberg from Lorentz in Bergheim has a dense, greenish-yellow color. The aroma is complex but restrained and provides grapefruit, limes, fresh herbs and quince. The palate is medium-bodied and quite dry, and the powerful fruit gradually develops in the mouth. The wine has excellent structure, and the lovely acids make the saliva flow. A wonderful wine for wine enthusiasts. Price (2009): € 21.