THIS week I’ve been in Alsace, a wine region which is unique in France and one of the world’s most distinctive.
It’s an area that’s been fought over by the French and Germans for centuries and even though it’s now in France most of the place names have a Germanic twang to them.
One of the wine-makers we met, a young man called Mathieu Deiss, who makes some fairly radical ‘field blend’ wines, told us over dinner that Alsace has some unavoidable complications for the consumer.
And, while this is true, it is the complexities of Alsace geology that offer greater rewards for those intrepid enough to investigate its wines.
Even though it’s quite northerly for a wine-