Alsace

Bechtold 2020 Cremant d'Alsace (Pinot Auxerrois/Chardonnay)

A blend of Pinot Auxerrois and Chardonnay (yes, Chardonnay in Alsace!) from a long-time organic estate in Alsace. Very classy, dry and framed by mineral cut. There's enough golden fruit and brioche on the nose to give the sense of broadness, but overall it's a clean and fresh traditional style sparkler... and a fantastic deal!  -EL

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Brand & Co. 2021 VDF Kvevri Blanc

Kvevri is a new wine from Philippe Brand that was aged with some skin contact in buried Kvevri (Georgian spelling is Kvevri or Qvevri, otherwise known as Amphora) in Philippe's garden in Alsace. A blend of Pinot Auxerrois, Chardonnay and Riesling, aged in three 800L Kvevris which were imported from Georgia, and are lined with a thin layer of beeswax. Maceration time is 10 months, with an additional 2 months of aging before bottling without filtration or added SO2. There is real grip to this wine, a nice structured mouthfeel, very similar to the level of tannins found in most Georgian amber wines. Both an homage and an exploration of aging vessels and maceration times that are atypical for Alsace.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2022 Vin d'Alsace Fleurs Maceration

Is it a light red, or a dark rosé? Neither! It's an "orange wine" made from a maceration of Pinot Gris; A skin contact wine of a gray (actually pink) grape that yields a raspberry-hued wine that we wish we had barrels of in our basement! The wine has delicious red fruit, and tangy freshness. There's no tannin, so it should be a bit chilled. It offers beautiful red fruit, sweet cranberry tang, and above all, gulpability! Maceration is for ~15 days with whole cluster, and aging is 8 months in stainless steel.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2022 Vin D'Alsace Table des Rois

La Table des Rois is 100% Pinot Noir from Alsace, with a short maceration intended to yield a light and lithe red that leans into freshness instead of structure and earthiness. The approach is a success, and though the wine is primarily a friendly and juicy red offering, it still reveals a backbone of mineral structure, which is more apparent in the finish than the attack. A truly enjoyable Alsatian Pinot (Noir)!

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand, Charles & Philippe NV Alsace Mandoline

La Mandoline is a new wine combining all the white grapes at Philippe's fingertips. Pinot Blanc, Riseling, Muscat, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris (with skin contact), and a touch of Gewurztraminer from parcels in Kefferberg on clay and limestone soils. the wine is dry but floral, with nice ripeness in the mid-palate, and is tasting great at the moment! Aging was for 36 months in large barrel, and the wine was bottled without filtration or added SO2.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Catherine Riss 2018 Alsace De Gres ou de Force (Riesling)

A fantastic dry Riesling from Catherine Riss, arguably the hardest working woman in Alsace! Intense lime and lime blossom notes on the nose, with a perfect balance between density and acidity. Medium weight with stone fruit on palate and almost a bit of fat. Still mineral as ever with wild herbs in finish.   -Eben

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Catherine Riss 2018 Alsace Dessous de Table (Auxerrois/Sylvaner)

60% Pinot Auxerrois/40% Sylvaner. Honeydew Melon, stone fruit, white flowers on the nose. Though a touch volatile at first, it blows off after about 15 minutes. Lemon-curd and hay notes on the palate. Though overall a relatively soft wine, there's a precise mineral side coming from the sandstone soils that lends a long dry finish to the wine.  -Eben

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur