Alsace is the only controlled appellation vineyard region in France which labels and markets its wines by the make if the grape variety, rather than georgephically. The wines must be bottled in the area of production, always in the characteristic slender bottles. The seven grape varieties grown in Alsace are produced by the cave de Beblenheim with the greatest care.
In Alsace, there are three Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (A.O.C.) :
AOC Alsace covers the majority of wines, 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 by produced from four grape varieties : Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.
AOC Crémant d’Alsace : these sparkling wines are subject to the strict rules of 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.
These wines have won medals at important national and international contests. 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 cave de Beblenheim. This the range includes a Riesling and a Gewurtztraminer ‘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, full-bodied, with a complex structure and hints of vanilla, is also worth discovering.
The appelation Alsace Grand Cru, followed by the name of the single estate, is given only to outstanding wines worthy of ten years careful ageing. In Beblenheim, the main Grand Cru is the Sonnenglanz, showing a conglomerate of limestone pebbles. Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are grown there. Other Grands Crus from the surrounding villages also mature in the Cave de Beblenheim : the Schoenenbourg Riesling from Riquewihr, and two Gewurztraminer; Froehn from Zellenberg and Mandelberg from Mittelwihr.
Crémants, or sparkling wines
Among the sparkling wines of France, Crémant d’Alsace took only a few years to reach the top. Our Crémant Blanc is made from grapes of 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.