Alsace

Beck-Hartweg VDF Tout Naturellement Petillant Rosé (Pet-Nat)

Yowza! This is the first Pet-Nat that Florian and Mathilde produced, and it's full of tangy red fruits and a bit of a sour candy vibe. Unfiltered. "Fresh, crisp, expressive juice!" PLEASE NOTE*** It appears that this wine may not have been disgorged, so it must be fully chilled, and even then, there is a great chance that it will "explode" just a bit. Open over a sink or outside for best results, and make sure to have a glass handy.  -EL

  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beck-Hartweg 2018 Vin d'Alsace Pinot Noir "F" (Frankstein)

Though the fruit for this bottling all comes from the Grand Cru Frankstein vineyard, Pinot Noir does not have Grand Cru status in Frankstein (only white varieties are awarded Grand Cru Frankstein status), hence the name "F," for Frankstein. This is elegant, and red fruited, like a classic Burgundian Pinot, but also shows some peppery, darker fruit more reminiscent of a regional Alsace expression. Grapes see about 2 weeks of maceration, with occasional delicate pouring of a few liters on the cap to avoid oxidation, otherwise, very little extraction. The wine, is however very present on the mid-palate, and though approachable now, should be really enjoyable in the next 1-3 years.  

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beck-Hartweg 2018 Vin d'Alsace Granit

This is a field blend that was made to show the character of the soil in Dambach. Florian and Mathilde selected three vineyards that produced what they call the most "salivant" wines (salivant roughly translates to mouth-watering). This quality is common with wines that come from granite terroir, hence the name of this cuvée. The area around Dambach-la-Ville is known for a high percentage of granitic soils, so this is very much a Dambach wine. A blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, it has a faint pink hue, and a fascinating saline/mineral quality. No SO2 added.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beck-Hartweg 2019 Vin d'Alsace Gewurztraminer "Bungertal"

A lovely little dry Gewurztraminer from Florian and Mathilde Beck-Hartweg. Floral and crisp, textbook Gewurz.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

Frick 2000 Alsace Grand Cru Riesling Vorbourg VT

This should be outstanding. Here we have a 2000 vintage, late-harvest Riesling from the Vorbourg vineyard. Residual sugar is at 29g/l, akin to an off-dry Vouvray in sugar level. -EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Frick 2018 Alsace Pinot Blanc Classique

This is all Pinot Blanc from three parcels. Fresh, vertical and very tasty.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Pinot Gris Maceration

Though it seems like a relatively new category, it turns out winemakers in Alsace have been making skin contact wines for some time. The first may have been Bannwarth, who experimented with qvevri (georgian clay anforae). Then, along with the Fricks, JP Rietsch, Patrick Meyer, and Bruno Scheuller. This is Pinot Gris with 10 days of skin contact and no sulfites added. The color is a deep auburn/ruby in the glass, almost reminiscent of a light red. On the palate, it's balanced and clean, with faint tannin, peach fuzz, and subtle red fruit.  -EL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Riesling Maceration "Carriere"

This lovely skin contact of Riesling hails from the Carriere vineyard.The wine matured on its fine lees for 9 months in old foudre before bottling. Zero added SO2. The wine shows a golden color with orange highlights and intense aromas of yuzu, lemon mint and mandarine. The palate is dry, vibrant and persistent, with a nice touch of tannin and flavors of citrus zest and a long very mineral finish. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, fish choucroute, white meats in sauce.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Sylvaner Bergweingarten

100% Sylvaner from the lieu-dit "Bergweingarten" on brown calcerous soils, mid-slope, aged on the lees for seven months in old foudre. This is a vibrant dry Sylvaner, drinking more like a dry Riesling. Aromas of yellow fruits, flowery hay, white pepper and wet limestone. Full-bodied and dry, the palate is well-structured and mineral with flavors of white peach, black peppercorn and limestone with a very long saline finish. Serve this lovely dry Sylvaner with shellfish, grilled fish and fish in sauce, and roast chicken with lemon and rosemary.

  • white off-dry
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Frick 2020 Gewurztraminer Maceration

The 2018 Frick Gewurstraminer Macération is from two parcels: Terroir Krottenfues, soil marno-gréseux, high on a slope above grand Cru Vorbourg, and from a limestone terroir below Grand Cru Steinert, facing due east. Grapes see ten-days of whole-cluster maceration before pressing, and the wine is matured on its lees for six months in hundred year-old foudres. The wine shows a bright and luminous orange tinted color and complex aromas or rose, cinnamon, cardamon, white pepper and orange zest. It's dry, ample and rich with discreet tannins and flavors of white fruits, citrus, rosewater, ginger, pepper, with a long spicy finish. Serve this dry Gewurztraminer as an aperitif or with Asian and spicy dishes of fish, vegetables or white meats.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2014 Alsace Blanc de Noir

This is a special bottling that the Hausherrs made from a difficult 2014 harvest. Mildew had created problems with their tiny plot of Pinot Noir, so they made a Blanc de Noirs from their miniscule 0.3 hectares. They then aged the wine for 4 years in a large barrel. The result is a deep golden, slightly oxidative and remarkably expressive wine, with notes of butterscotch and creme brûlée. -EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace Copains Comme Raisins

This is a skin-contact offering from Hubert and Heidi Hausherr. A blend of Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Auxerrois, and Riesling, with 21 days of maceration. Because the grapes were left intact (whole-cluster), the tannic structure here is very subtle. Hubert says the Riesling provides pretty acidity, and I believe the Pinot Gris lent color and spice. Of all the Hausherr wines, this is the only one I would recommend drinking in one sitting. It seems to lose it's freshness and lift after several hours, and some bacterial notes emerge. Their still whites, however, are well worth trying over several days!  -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace La Colline Céleste

Colline Céleste is a wine made from a coplantation of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris from the Eischberg Grand Cru, which is a south and east exposed vineyard of marl and limestone. The "berg" in Eischberg is Alsatian for "hill" (colline in French) and Céleste is the name of their grandfather.  Hubert explained that the fermentation stopped with 10 grams of sugar remaining, so they waited 5 or 6 months to see if the yeast might finish the job. It didn't change much so they bottled at 9 grams RS. The blend here is dominated by the Gewurztraminer in percentage and aromatics. Lovely floral and white pepper notes, with a long, spicy finish. Though it isn't 100%, if anyone out there likes a good dry Gewurztraminer, this is most definitely worth a try!   -EL

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace Le Sentier au Sud

A blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris from marl and sandstone soils. This wine was a treat to taste over several hours and maintained it's freshness and energy into the second day. Notes of lemon verbena, and stone fruit.  Pinot Gris gives some heft and power but it's very delicate and round. Riesling provides straight acidity and melon fruit. This is a great example of a natural wine that is first and foremost complex and terroir-driven. The detail of it's lack of filtration or sulfur addition is important and noteworthy of course, but it does not define the wine or predict how complete and well-made it is. -EL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2018 VDF Alsace Quelqu'un Sylvaner

Years ago, I bought a magnum of Grand Cru Zotzenberg Sylvaner from JP Rietsch and our beloved former colleague Amanda Bowman and I opened it for a bunch of winemakers from Languedoc-Rousillon later that trip. After pouring a few glasses, we had winemakers chasing after us to try this amazing wine! I've been hoping to see the wine in New York ever since, and though this is not the same bottling, it's 100% Sylvaner from the Zoztenberg Grand Cru, and it is certainly spot on. There's a short maceration on the skins here, but mostly to lend subtle texture and grip. Aging is in large foudres for 33 months. Crystalline and mineral, with medium weight. -EL

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Demoiselle Gewurztraminer

100% Gewurztraminer, from the Grand Cru Zotzenberg vineyard. One week whole-cluster maceration, with aging in stainless steel. Lovely amber hue in the glass, with subdued florals and perfect grip.  -EL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Pinot Noir

From younger vines of Pinot Noir on clay and limestone soils. The profile is of dark berries, and earth, and with a half hour or more open, it begins to show more elegance and perfume. -EL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Pinot Noir Stierkopf

This exquisite and dark-fruited Pinot Noir is from 35 year old vines from massale selection in Burgundy. The Stierkopf vineyard is a mix of sandstone and limestone, on a south facing slope. Maceration is semi-carbonic, with whole clusters. Though distinctly Alsatian in expression, there is an elegance and fine tannic structure that reminds of Burgundy. There's a beautiful purity of fruit, and it's immediately enjoyable, though we do recommend giving it time to open up, as it doesn't seem to stop evolving over time. Sturdy and elegant for a wine without added SO2 - in fact I don't think anyone would guess that this was a "natural wine," as it's technically flawless. Decant or drink over several days (if possible!).   EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes

45 year old vines from the Stein vineyard. Semi-carbonic fermentation, with 10 days whole cluster maceration. Aged in stainless. This is a wine that will surely age well, and has a bit more depth and earthiness than the younger vine expression.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 VDF Alsace Quand Le Chat N'est Pas La

This is Pinot Gris that sees 2 weeks of skin contact, yielding a lovely color reminiscent of rose water. Grapes are from the Stierkopf vineyard, which is mostly sandstone and limestone terroir. This was a favorite at a recent tasting of the Rietsch lineup. It's not mousy by the way! I'm still not sure why JP chose this name, but the wine does see a small addition of SO2, and it is perfectly clean! -EL

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 VDF Alsace Entre Chien et Loup Blanc

This is 100% Pinot Auxerrois from clay and limestone soils. Nice weight here, and quite taut as well, which is not common for Auxerrois. Often wines from this grape can be a little round and soft, but this shows nice freshness and balance. -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99