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Sweets and treats and fairy tales

Sweets and treats and fairy tales

Visiting Alsace is like entering another world, a world of sweets and treats and fairy-tale architecture, with a Christmas-all-year-round feeling which draws you in from the minute you arrive.

I took over the Alsace buying reins from Marcel last year. So what have I learned? The dedication to vines and wines is unfaltering here. Much is sustainably farmed and many producers, including the top names, work organically or biodynamically. The co-ops here are among the best in France, offering excellent value. Alsace pinot gris is greatly underappreciated.

2010 was a superb vintage (we have squirrelled away some stocks for future release). 2008 produced exquisite wines with a lovely citrus freshness and it’s time to dig those out of your cellar if you have them. 2015 was as good here as over much of Europe, with wonderful balance and immediate appeal. 2016 was a small but honourable successor; and 2014 rieslings are already divine.

Joanna Locke MW
2018

Joanna Locke MW

Joanna Locke MW
Buyer for Alsace

2018



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