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Roll over a grape variety and discover its characteristics
In Alsace, unlike the other wine-producing areas of France, the names of the wines come not from the terroir or area where the grapes are grown, but from the varieties of grape themselves. The wines must be bottled in the area of production, always in the characteristic slender bottles. In the Beblenheim Winery, the seven varieties grown in Alsace are produced with the greatest of care.
In Alsace, there are three Appellations d'Origine Controlée (A.O.C.) :
AOC Alsace covers the majority of wines, generally designated by its grape variety.
AOC Alsace Grand Cru : the grapes come from one of the 51 production areas classified as Alsace Grand Cru, and can only come from four grape varieties : Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.
AOC Crémant d'Alsace : these sparkling wines are made by the traditional method, using one or more AOC Alsace grape varieties. The wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, which gives a lively, delicate sparkle.
Our Réserve Particulière range consists of vintage wines from well-exposed vineyards, intended for everyday drinking pleasure. We recommend keeping for two or three years.
These wines have won medals at important national and international shows. From particularly well-exposed vineyards, they are harmoniously balanced and will keep for three to five years. Ideal for special occasions.
These wines of character are a showcase for the expertise of the Beblenheim Winery. In particular, the range includes a Riesling and a Gewurtztraminer with the title 'Vieilles Vignes' ('Old Vines'), which are rich and well-balanced with a superb bouquet. Our Riesling Lieu-Dit Graffenreben, very characteristic, is surprisingly refined. And the original personality of our oak-matured Pinot Noir, with its full-bodied, complex structure and overtones of vanilla, is also worth discovering.
The title Alsace Grand Cru, followed by the name of the locality, is given only to outstanding wines worthy of ten years careful ageing. In Beblenheim, the main Grand Cru comes from the Sonnenglanz, a stony locality where the soil is a conglomerate of limestone pebbles. Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are grown there. Other Grand Crus from the surrounding villages also mature in the Beblenheim Winery: the Schoenenbourg Riesling from Riquewihr, and two Gewurztraminer; Froehn from Zellenberg and Mandelberg from Mittelwihr.
Of the sparkling wines of France, the Crémant d'Alsace took only a few years to reach the top. Our Blanc de Blancs is made from grapes of the Pinot blanc and Pinot Auxerrois varieties, which produce fine, fresh wines. The richness of Pinot Noir grapes finds its expression in the Blanc de Noirs and the Rosé, while selected Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay varieties are used to produce our Prestige range, sold only after several years ageing in the bottle.