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The Beyer family have been cultivating vines in and around the town of Eguisheim since 1580 so have a strong sense of terroir and tradition. Today, Maison Léon Beyer is run by Marc Beyer with the help of his son Yann-Léon - a winemaker - and daughter Anne-Sophie who oversees marketing and administration. The Beyer estate currently extends to 23 hectares including precious parcels in the Grand Cru communes of Eichberg and Pfersigberg. Production here is principally focused on quite dry, single-varietal wines although they also produce a bottle-fermented sparkling Crémant, a blended 'house' edelzwicker and late-harvested sweet Alsace wines that can support long-term bottle age.

The Beyers' Crémant d'Alsace wine is made from a blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois - after pressing, the grape juice is fermented in stainless-steel vats before bottling under crown cap for its second fermentation before maturation on its lees in bottle - prior to disgorgement and release. The finished wine has a delicate mousse, fresh orchard-fruit scents and flavours and with a long, elegant finish, it makes for a versatile aperitif and partner to canapés. Their 'La Cuvée' blend is usually made from Pinot Blanc and Muscat (often with some Sylvaner) grown on clay and limestone soils. It is an intentionally-dry style Alsace wine and was conceived to be enjoyable without food but pair well with a broad range of dishes.

Their 'Réserve Personelle' range includes a classic Riesling that has delicate kerosene notes and zesty, white stone-fruit flavours offset by fresh acidity. The Gewurztraminer is redolent of Turkish delight with rosewater aromas and a mid-weight palate of lychee preceding a fresh finish. Their dry Muscat is unsurprisingly reminiscent of table grapes with plenty of fruit to the fore whilst their Pinot Blanc is famously bright and accessible with a round texture and Chardonnay-like appeal and pairs well with spicy, Asian dishes. A Pinot Gris is slightly weightier with clean, stone-fruit and mineral notes so is versatile and a good partner to raclette and tartiflette.

Completing the Beyer compendium of 'Réserve Personnelle' bottlings is a Pinot Noir that has a brick red robe, wild strawberry aromas and persistent palate of raspberries and red cherries. It drinks well lightly-chilled and is perfect for picnics and al fresco entertaining.

A one-off bottling of Pinot Noir sits under their 'Coeur de Chasse' label which is only made in the best (and most bountiful) vintages. From a mix of Grand Cru and other parcels on different soils, the blend of Pinot Noir grapes is greater than the sum of its parts and has an ethereal nose of bright cherry and berry fruit leading to a medium-bodied, refreshing Alsace red wine that is ideal chilled with small game. In the Grand Cru firmament, the Beyers have two terrific 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' bottlings. A regal Riesling has a magnificent, graphic, turquoise and ruby red label, complex orchard fruit aromas and palate of whitecurrants and apricots with great balance and length. It ages well for at least a decade after release and makes a fine accompaniment to poultry and seafood. Its red sibling is made from Pinot Noir and has a bouquet of wild berries and cherries, a core of red stone-fruit and delicate tannins that will support 5 to 10 years bottle age.

Not to be overlooked is the Beyer family's 'Vendange Tardive' (late harvest) Gewurztraminer that we ship in half-bottles and hails from the Grand Cru 'Pfersigberg' vineyard. With a deep, straw colour, honey and citrus peel scents and long, elegant palate of dried-fruit with spicy undertones, this sweet Alsace wine makes for a hedonistic bonne bouche or partner to fruit-based desserts.

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  1. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Blanc 2022
    Bottle
    £16.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £203.40
  2. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Noir 2022
    Bottle
    £21.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £258.00
  3. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Pinot Noir 2016
    Bottle
    £49.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £599.40
  4. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'La Cuvée' 2022
    Bottle
    £16.45
    Bottle (Case)
    £197.40
  5. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Gewürztraminer 2021
    Bottle
    £21.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £258.00
  6. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Riesling 2022
    Bottle
    £19.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £239.40
  7. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Muscat 2022
    Bottle
    £19.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £234.00
  8. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Gris 2019
    Bottle
    £21.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £258.00
  9. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Coeur de Chasse' Pinot Noir 2018
    Bottle
    £35.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £420.00
  10. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Riesling 2014
    Bottle
    £49.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £597.00
  11. Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Vendange Tardive' Gewürztraminer 2017
    Half Bottle
    £26.95
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £646.80
  12. Alsace: Léon Beyer Crémant d'Alsace Brut
    Bottle
    £21.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £261.00
    Half Bottle
    £13.25
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £318.00
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Alsace Wine Region

Occupying the key strategic territory between the Vosges mountains and the river Rhine, Alsace has changed hands like a passed parcel over the centuries but has remained officially French since the Potsdam Agreement of 1945. The result of this fluid history is a uniquely Rhine-ish identity that can be seen in its culture, architecture, cuisine and wine. Onions, cabbages, potatoes, pork, eggs, cheese and pastry all loom large in the local culinary repertoire, which is complimented to perfection by a diverse range of highly distinctive and aromatic 'single-varietal' wines.

AOC Alsace was created in 1962 (Cremant followed in 1976) and the region mainly produces white wines - 90% of production. 51 Grand Cru sites were formally recognised in 2011, yet even they deliver remarkable value for money.