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Alsace !!!!!!!!!!

All about Alsace WSET3

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Haut-Rhin Alsace, department to the south
Bas-Rhin Alsace, department to the north
Alsace cool continental, hot summers, sunny dry autumn, varied soils, best vineyards on slopes, high trained vines on plain, organic & biodynamic wine making, bottling in spring when fresh
Alsace AC 100% from single varietal if named, 70% of wine in Alsace, bottled in flutes
Alsace Grand Cru AC lower yields, higher sugar ripeness, must be single noble grape
Kaefferkopf Alsace, Grand Cru that allows blending
Altenberg de Bergenheim Alsace, Grand Cru that allows blending
Zotzenberg Alsace, Grand Cru allows Sylvaner
Alsace Grand Cru label name of vineyard, vintage, varietal
Vendage Tardive (VT) late harvest, Alsace, 14% for riesling & muscat, 15.3% for pinot gris & gewurz
Selection de Grains Nobles (SGN) botrytized, Alsace, only produced in suitable years for rot, must be from noble grape, 16.4% for riesling & muscat, 18.2% for pinot gris & gewurz
Grand Cru, SGN, VT grapes muscat, riesling, gewurz, pinot gris
non-noble Alsace grapes pinot blanc, pinot noir, sylvaner
Style of best traditional Alsace whites dry, full body, spice with fruit, some sweet, some botrytized
Edelzwicker noble blend, uses muscat, riesling, pinot gris and/or gewurz
Gentil non-noble blend, Alsace
Alsace blends Edelzwicker, Gentil, mostly inexpensive, light character, no spice
Alsace Riesling full bodied, dry, medium + alc, high acid, pronounced flinty minerality, *adept at expressing soil type
Alsace Gewurz pungent aromatic spice, lychees, roses, sweet baking spice, golden, full bodied, med-low acid, high alc (14%), oily texture *best VT have exagerated fruit
Alsace Pinot Gris rich, full body, high alc, gold, less aromatic, pronounced flavour, fresh & dried fruit, smoky, honeyed, *produces exceptional VT & SGV
Alsace Muscat less than 3% of vineyard area, prone to couleur & rot, inconsisten yields
Alsace Pinot Blanc & Auxerrois widely used for sparkling wine, Auxerrois labled is 100%, Pinot Gris labeled is a blend,
Alsace Auxerrois blended with Pinot gris, slightly more full bodied, spicier
Alsace Sylvaner delicately perfumed, 9% of plantings, some richness but less than Gewurz, best young
Alsace Pinot Noir 10% of plantings, light & fruity at best, red or rose, lacks weight of Burgundy style
Created by: agmakosz on 2012-06-24



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