Les Collines Blanc, Léon Boesch
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Les Collines Blanc, Léon Boesch - NV

Item # 37954 750mL

This is a blend of local white grapes, à la Edelzwicker, which Alsatians make from a field blend of varietites. Dry on the palate, the type of white wine you should drink with a slight chill and works best at the table. Full of minerals.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


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In my youth, I thought of Alsace as dry white wine and Germany as sweet. Those lines have blurred a lot over the years as my knowledge of wine grew and the styles of wine have evolved. What people respond to these days about German white wine is the bracing acidity whether the wine is dry or sweet. What I have been missing about the Alsatian wine I have been drinking lately (admittedly a small sample size) is that crisp acidity. Which brings us to this cuvee. Edelzwicker stopped being a regulated term in Alsace in 1970 more or less replaced by Gentil, both meaning a field blend. Here the blend is Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and some Muscat. All that might sounds complicated but its just delicious. The classic Alsatian aromatic nose, gives way too ripe light fruit and very mineraled crisp acidity & clean dry finish.

- JGM

Glossary

Alsace

Located on the eastern border of France, on the west bank of the Upper Rhine, adjacent to Germany and Switzerland, Alsace represents the intersection of two wholly different wine cultures that have given birth to a third. Once part of the Holy Roman Empire, Alsace was gradually put under French sovereignty during the 17th Century and eventually made one of the provinces of France. Yet, as evidenced by the persistece of a dialect of Upper German in the region even today, Alsace's ties to Germany...

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Riesling

Though the trend is now in the other direction, for many years Riesling was known for producing wines with little alcohol and some residual sugar - too sweet for many modern wine drinkers. Though it's now cultivated worldwide, Riesling is nearly synonymous with German wine, and that country's winemakers have lately begun to produce some very exciting dry versions. They are careful to retain the delightful honeyed, flinty flavors that the best sweet Rieslings have always displayed. Alsace, of...

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Gewürztraminer

You won't likely forget your first "Gewürz," as they're some of the most distinctive and recognizable wines in the world. They are usually heavily perfumed with rich lychee and rose aromas. The variety is cultivated all over the world, but the best examples tend to come from Alsace: these are full-bodied wines with a golden color. The pink-skinned Gewürztraminer does best in cooler climates, which allow the grapes to develop good balancing acidity. This is a necessary attribute of any...

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