Jean Boxler’s name has become synonymous with the very best Alsatian wines, but if you ask him, he doesn’t seem to know what the fuss is all about. He’s a vigneron, tout simplement, just doing his job in the beautiful little village of Niedermorschwihr. We recently paid him a harvest visit, during which his zeal and dedication were immediately palpable—and his priorities very clear. “People might be disappointed when they come to visit,” he said, humbly pointing out the simplicity of his winery and its tiny tasting room. “We are here to work the earth—often a harsh endeavor on these slopes—to prune, and pare down the harvest in order to achieve the best grapes possible and offer pleasurable wines: this is the essence and source of pride in winemaking.”
Boxler creates this reserve blend exclusively for us using the best grapes from his various parcels, always in different percentages based on his intuition and the quality of each harvest. In 2016, the blend is Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, and Sylvaner: a synthesis that produces an exuberantly inviting nose and a fleshy palate, leading to a fresh, graceful finish.
A new addition from a parcel Boxler purchased in the grand cru vineyard Brand. The vines are north facing, ideal for Pinot Noir in this climate, as the wine is guaranteed to be fresh even in hot vintages. Compared to his Pinot Noir “S”, also grown on granite, this cuvée is a little denser, very smooth, silky, and spicy, a wine obviously influenced by his love for Burgundy. As an additional bonus, unlike so many of Boxler’s wines that are best over time, this one is ready to drink immediately.
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