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Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Sylvaner
Sylvaner 50 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Edelzwicker
and
Edelzwicker Réserve
Varies by vintage, see below N/A Granite, Alluvial 13.8 ha in total
Riesling
Riesling 8 – 50 years Granite, Limestone 13.8 ha in total
Riesling Réserve
Riesling 15 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Riesling
Grand Cru Sommerberg
Riesling 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg
“Dudenstein”
Riesling 65 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg
“Eckberg”
Riesling 35 – 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Riesling
Grand Cru Brand
Riesling 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Riesling Grand Cru Brand
“Kirchberg”
Riesling 67 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Blanc 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Blanc Réserve
Pinot Blanc 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris 30 years Granite, Limestone 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Gris Réserve
Pinot Gris 15 – 65 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Gris
Grand Cru Sommerberg
Pinot Gris 14 – 25 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg “Wiptal”
Pinot Gris 14 – 25 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Gris
Grand Cru Brand
Pinot Gris 22 – 45 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Gewurztraminer
Gewurztraminer 10 – 65 years Granite, Limestone, Alluvial 13.8 ha in total
Gewurztraminer Réserve
Gewurztraminer 40 – 67 years Limestone 13.8 ha in total
Gewurztraminer
Grand Cru Brand
Gewurztraminer 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Noir “S”
Pinot Noir 50 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Crémant d’Alsace
30% Pinot Blanc, 50% Pinot Auxerrois, 20% Pinot Noir 8 – 40 years Alluvial 13.8 ha in total
Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg VT**
Riesling 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg SGN**
Riesling 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg VT**
Pinot Gris 14 – 25 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg SGN**
Pinot Gris 14 – 25 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Brand VT
Gewurztraminer 40 years Granite 13.8 ha in total
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

**In some years, Riesling and Pinot Gris Sommerberg Vendanges Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles bottlings are produced from specific parcels

All White Wines:
• All grapes are harvested by hand
• No fining
• After pressing, cold settling before fermentation begins
• All fermentation is natural
• All wines vinified in foudre except Gewurztraminers, Vendanges Tardives, and Sélection de Grains Nobles which are vinified in stainless steel

Edelzwicker & Edelzwicker Réserve:
• Blend changes each year
• 2010: Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Riesling, Gewurztraminer
• 2011: Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Chasselas
• 2012: Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Chasselas
• Chasselas makes up almost 50% of the 2012 blend
• 2013: Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer

Riesling:
• A blend of young vines from grand cru Sommerberg (granite terroir) and Pfoeller (limestone terroir)

Riesling Réserve:
• Young vine grand cru (both Sommerberg and Brand depending on vintage)

Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg “Dudenstein”: 1.2 ha
Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg “Eckberg”: .80 ha
Riesling Grand Cru Brand “Kirchberg”: .28 ha
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg “Wiptal”: .80 ha

• Not all grand cru bottlings are produced every year

Pinot Gris Réserve:
• Young vine grand cru (both Sommerberg and Brand depending on vintage)

Pinot Blanc Réserve:
• From grand cru Brand

Gewurztraminer Réserve:
• A blend of young vines from Heimbourg and Pfoeller (limestone terroir)

Pinot Noir “S”:
• 6 to 7 barrels made each year
• Maceration lasts 15 days
• Racked into barrel by gravity
• Aged for 18 months in used Burgundian barrels
• Grapes come from grand cru Sommerberg

Crémant d’Alsace:
• Racked into tank by gravity
• Dosage (extra brut): approximately 2 grams/liter
• Bottles aged sur lattes for minimum 24 months
• Bottles rotated by hand

MISCELLANEA

AOC Alsace Explained

AOC Alsace wines are generally varietal wines. The wines in which the grape variety appears on the label are 100% the stated variety.

The permitted grapes are the four noble grapes: Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, completed with Auxerrois (also known as Klevner), Chasselas, Pinot Blanc, Savagnin rosé, Sylvaner, and Pinot Noir.

When no grape variety indicated on the label, the wine is typically a blend.

Depending on which varieties are used in the blend, the producer can label the wine as AOC Alsace, AOC Alsace “Edelzwicker,” or AOC Alsace “Gentil d’Alsace.”

AOC Alsace blends and “Edelzwicker” can be a blend of any grapes allowed within the AOC. There is no grape minimum; the different varieties may be vinified together or separately. The mention of vintage is optional. There is no technical difference between the composition of AOC Alsace blends and “Edelzwicker”—it is at the producer’s discretion as to how they would like to label their wine.

The denomination “Gentil d’Alsace” is reserved for AOC Alsace wines that fit within the standards of a superior quality blend. This blend must consist of a minimum of 50% of noble grapes: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and/or Gewurztraminer, the rest made up of Sylvaner, Chasselas, Pinot Blanc, and/or Auxerrois. Before blending, each grape variety must be vinified separately and must officially qualify as an AOC Alsace wine.

General Information

Country
France
Region
Alsace
Appellation(s)
Alsace, Crémant d’Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru
Producer
Jean Boxler
Founded
1673
Annual Production
5200 cases
Farming
Traditional
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