One of the found­ing wine houses in the de­vel­op­ment of Cré­mant d’Al­sace

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Bes­theim is an Al­sace wine cel­lar co­op­er­a­tive with more than 250 years of his­tory and wine tra­di­tion. The story be­gins in 1765 when Heim was founded in Westhal­ten. Over the years, this old trad­ing house has grown, thanks in par­tic­u­lar to closer links with other winer­ies in the re­gion. The Bes­theim brand was founded in 1997 on the oc­ca­sion of the merger of the Ben­nwihr and Westhal­ten cel­lars.

To­day Bes­theim rep­re­sents ap­prox­i­mately 500 fam­i­lies of Al­sa­tian wine grow­ers spread over 1450 hectares. This large ex­panse is a force that al­lows it to ben­e­fit from a great mo­saic of ter­roirs among which, some great vin­tages of the most fa­mous like Grand Crus Schloss­berg, Mam­bourg or Zinnkoepflé. This year, Bes­theim cel­e­brates its twen­ti­eth an­niver­sary.

V.d.V.: Where does the name Bes­theim come from?

The name of Bes­theim comes from the as­so­ci­a­tion of the names of the ori­gins of the two cel­lars as­so­ci­ated with the trade name which was al­ready merged with the cel­lar of Westhal­ten: the HEIM House. Ei­ther BE (from Ben­nwihr) - ST (from Westhal­ten) - HEIM (trader). Our name also has an in­ter­na­tional di­men­sion in its con­so­nance with both English and Ger­man.

V.d.V.: What is the sig­na­ture of the Cré­mants Bes­theim? We have a gas­tro­nomic ap­proach dur­ing wine­mak­ing.We have two ranges of Cré­mants, one more ‘clas­sic’ and one more ‘gas­tro­nomic’ called « Grand Pres­tige ». In both cases we al­ways have a beau­ti­ful aro­matic ex­pres­sion and good ma­tu­ri­ties, thanks to the im­por­tance given to the dili­gence of the vine­yard and our wine­grow­ers.

The ‘clas­sic’ range aims to present Cré­mants fruité, pleas­ant, well made, easy to open on any oc­ca­sion. For the ‘gourmet’ range we have a creamy foam / ef­fer­ves­cence due to ag­ing on slats with a min­i­mum of 18 months of ag­ing for the rosé and 36 months for the white. They are more so­phis­ti­cated Cré­mants, more marked by the ter­roir, com­ing mainly from cal­care­ous soils. They are very fruity, with­out ag­gres­sive­ness and re­veal fine notes of al­mond at the end of the mouth.

We are con­tin­u­ally striv­ing to go fur­ther, in search of ex­cel­lence.We do not rely on lessons learned alone.We would like to go lit­tle by lit­tle to­wards wines that are even more chis­elled.

V.d.V.: If you were to present Bes­theim in 3 or 4 ad­jec­tives?

I will give 3 val­ues of the brand, namely: bold­ness, shar­ing and el­e­gance.

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