OF FRANCE’S BEST GEWURZTRAMINERS TO SEEK OUT
Gewurztraminer ‘vieilles vignes’ Alsace Grand Cru Furstentum Domaine Paul Blanck blanck.com A concentrated medium-sweet wine from this warm Grandc terroir; aged in large foudre oak barrels for 12 months. Aromas of rose petals, lychees, pepper and cloves, with a full, ripe mouth-feel. Gewurztraminer Domaine de l’aigle, IGP Pays d’oc gerard-bertrand.com Gewurztraminer grapes are grown in vineyards at 250-500 metres on Bertrand’s 31-hectare estate in western Languedoc. The aromas are pure and fresh, with apricot, acacia and of course lychee; on the palate, citrus flavours are lifted on the finish by a hint of anise. Gewurztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Hengst Domaine Zind-humbrecht zindhumbrecht.fr From old gewurztraminer vines, some of which were planted before World War II, this limestone terroir is particularly warm and dry, giving powerful, spicy wines with subtle citrus notes. Fresh flavours counterbalance the sweetness, giving a deceptive impression of dryness. Gewurztraminer vendanges tardives Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr Vincent Stoeffler vins-stoeffler.com In the Bas-rhin département, to the north of gewurztraminer’s betterknown stomping ground, Vincent Stoeffler makes this late-harvest wine from the limestone-rich slopes of Kirchberg de Barr. Raisins, quince jam and jasmine appear on the nose, with mirabelle plums, figs and spice flavours. Gewurztraminer Sélection des Grains Nobles Paul Ginglinger paul-ginglinger.fr Individual ‘nobly rotten’ gewurztraminer berries are picked by hand long after the rest of the harvest is finished. The wine shows floral aromas of mango, apricot and spice, with sweet honey, fig and marmalade flavours. Eau de Vie Marc de Gewurztraminer Domaine Meyer-fonné meyer-fonne.com With its characteristically intense, floral aromas, gewurztraminer is an ideal variety for the production of marc: clear grape sprit distilled from the skins left after pressing. A deliciously aromatic digestif.