Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Riesling 2011
It is testament to the great value that can be found in Alsace that you can drink 7 year old Grand Cru Riesling from a 400 year old winemaking dynasty for under £40.
"This wine won't be in the market before 2018 or even 2019, but its worth a reservation." 92/100. Drink 2018-2027.
Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Riesling|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested grapes are pressed and allowed to ferment with indigenous yeasts in large oak barrels. Racking takes place prior to winter and the wine is bottled in the Spring, then cellared until the optimum release date.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Situated just outside the impressive medieval town of Eguisheim, the Beyer family have produced wine in these parts since 1580. The firm was formally founded in 1870 by Emile Beyer who was succeeded by a son and grandson, both named Léon Beyer and both mayors of Eguisheim in their day.
With significant Grand Cru vine-holdings in the communes of Eichberg and Pfersigberg and 23 hectares in total, this domaine has always championed impressive, dry wines that complement the famous gastronomy of the region. These days this important Alsatian house is ably run by Léon II's charismatic son Marc and grandson Yann. 75% of their production is exported.
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