Alsace AOC

Alsace AOC

Description to Alsace AOC

Term for the French wine region Alsace, Alsace (or Vin d'Alsace) is also the name of the region's comprehensive appellation. The other two are AOC Alsace Grand Cru and for the sparkling wines Crémant d'Alsace, The wines make up around 75% of the production. Mostly it is grape varietals from 100% of one label specified variety. If this information is missing, then it is a Cuvée different varieties. The AOC name consists of Alsace and the following variety or wine type name, for example "Alsace Riesling". The yield is limited to a maximum of 80, for the Pinot Noir to 75 hl / h.

Map of Alsace
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Auxerrois : The name of this variety does not appear on the label. Auxerrois is one of those varieties that can be used together at the AOC "Alsace Pinot Blanc".

Chasselas or Gutedel: There are the game types white and rose. At the beginning of the 1960s, the share of the variety was still 40%, today it only makes up 1%.

Clevner or Klevner: This is usually the name Pinot Blanc marketed.

Edelzwicker (also Gentil): A cuvée.

Gewurztraminer ( Gewurztraminer ): The variety occupies around 18% of the vineyard area. The wine can also be Vendange Tardive "( late vintage ) and "Sélection de Grains Nobles" (made of noble rot berries).

Klevener de Heiligenstein : Out Savagnin Rose,

Muscat: Of the variety referred to here as Muscat d'Alsace Muscat Blanc the game types white and rose may be used. In addition, the variety is also Muscat Ottonel authorized. The wine can also be grown as "Vendange Tardive" (late harvest) and "Sélection de Grains Nobles" (from noble rot berries).

Pinot : This does not refer to a single grape variety, but Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir (white pressed) and Auxerrois may be used. The wine is mostly a blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois. These two varieties occupy 21% of the area under vines. But there are also (except from Pinot Gris) single-varieties. Alternatively, the names "Clevner" or "Klevner" may be used.

Pinot gris : The former name Tokay-Pinot Gris has been banned since 1993. The variety occupies 10% of the area under vines with an ever increasing tendency. The wine may also be grown as "Vendange Tardive" (late harvest) and "Sélection de Grains Nobles" (made of noble rot berries) in compliance with the strict regulations.

Pinot Noir : The only variety approved as red wine occupies 9% of the area under vines. In the past it was mostly pressed as rosé or white as Blanc de noirs expanded. Now it is increasingly being pressed as red wine. More and more winegrowers are experimenting with longer mash fermentation, longer aging in wooden barrels and also in barriques.

Riesling : The most common grape variety with 23% of the vineyard area. The wine can also be grown as "Vendange Tardive" (late harvest) and "Sélection de Grains Nobles" (from noble rot berries).

Sylvaner ( Sylvaner ):   The variety is allowed in the AOC Alsace, but only in a single Crand-Cru location ( Zotzenberg ).

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