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The Beautiful Simplicity of “Alsace Blanc

The Beautiful Simplicity of “Alsace Blanc

by Kermit Lynch by Kermit Lynch

From the Archives: July 2006 Newsletter From the Archives: July 2006 Newsletter

2021 Alsace Blanc

2021 Alsace Blanc

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Alsace blanc means an Alsatian white and nothing more definite than that. I did not know Alsace blanc existed until Kuentz-Bas poured theirs for me. I think it deserves to exist. Consider, we have Mâcon, Côtes du Rhône, and Bordeaux blanc. Alsace blanc is a simple, entry-level appellation that displays a regional character.
      Bargain of the summer? Well, it certainly is fresh and tasty and allows thirst-quenching-sized swallows. And unlike Le Montrachet (another French dry white), for example, if you are in the mood for a glass like right now, and you don’t happen to have a bottle chilled, you can just toss a couple of ice cubes into the glass. Very practical when you are in a rush. 
      The grape varieties are Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and the aromatic Muscat d’Alsace. Put ’em together and what do you get? Well, a fine, whispery aftertaste, for one thing. And I like the way it makes the inside of my mouth feel, which is more than I can say for a lot of high-scoring, high-priced palate manglers.
      Enjoy.

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About The Region

Alsace

map of Alsace

Tragically, Alsace might be the most misunderstood wine region of France. In spite of its long history of viticulture and tremendous diversity of pedigreed terroirs, a past fraught with marketing mishaps has left consumers baffled as to what exactly to expect inside one of these mysterious tall, thin bottles.

The good news, on the other hand, is that a new wave of quality-oriented growers is working hard to put Alsace in its rightful place as one of the world’s most fascinating sources of fine white wine. By embracing tradition, respecting terroir, and making a concerted effort to better communicate the countless virtues their wines have to offer, they have succeeded in putting Alsace back on the map.

Crafted from a number of grape varieties and beautifully interpreting the region’s mosaic of soil types, our Alsace imports are by and large dry whites offering exceptional versatility at table. While each of these selections is ready to be uncorked tonight, the finest among them are also capable of maturing for many, many years in a cool cellar. Expect kaleidoscopic aromatics, lively acidities, and loads of terroir transparency in these skillfully crafted masterpieces. Enjoy a foray into the thrilling world of the world’s most underrated wine region, and certainly do not hesitate to contact our sales staff with any questions as you take off on this mouth-watering adventure.

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Sampling wine out of the barrel.

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174