The Alsace has a dry and sunny climate with soils of an exceptional quality for the vines. The region benefits from favorable conditions for the wine production.
In 1962, the AOC Alsace became officialy recognized by the Institut National des Appellations Côntrolée. Afterwards, the appellation Alsace Grand Cru was recognized in 1975 and finally the Crémant d’Alsace in 1976.
Created in 1962, the AOC Alsace concerns different sorts of wine, including the Crémant d’Alsace and Alsace Grand Cru. Wines of this French region can be identified by their specific bottles called « flute d’Alsace ». The style of this bottle is typical for the wines of the Alsace region, recognized by a 1972-law on the AOC’s, today transformed in AOP (Appelation d’Origine Protégée).
Alsace Grand Cru
The Alsace Grand Cru was first mentioned in the 9th Century. These French white wines are made from vines which benefit from a more favorable climate and an exceptional soil. Nowadays the AOC contains 51 terroirs, whic are responsible for the creation of the famous mosaic of Grands Crus from the Alsace. The grape varieties used for the production are Pinot Gris, Gewürztramier, Riesling and Muscat. The Grands Crus from the Alsace account for 4% of the total annual production of the Alsace.
The Crémant d’Alsace is the ultimate sparkling wine of the region. This sparkling wine is known for its liveliness and finesse. It is made using the traditional method which consists of a second fermentation in bottle. The grapes used for the production of this great wine are Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. The Crémant d’Alsace is not only very appreciated in France but also in foreign countries thanks to its exceptional and unique character.
Notice that this typical sparkling wine accounts for 21% of the total annual wine production of the region.
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