Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Riesling 2012
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 around £40.
Hailing from the limestone and marl Grand Cru site of Pfersigberg, the 2012 vintage of Léon Beyer's 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Riesling combines elegance with refreshing drinkability. Less than 400 cases were produced.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Riesling|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese|
|Cellarage||Drink 2019 to 2031.|
|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. 75% of their production is exported.
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