Auxerrois, Manbach
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Auxerrois, Manbach - 2022

Item # 27692 750mL

This Alsatian white wine comes from vines that are 40 years old. After hand-harvesting, the fruit is fermented with native yeasts and then aged partially on the lees in older casks. This combination of practices makes for a complex wine that you can enjoy at the table.

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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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When a friend asked me to run an informal wine tasting event at a birthday party, I asked around for a less expensive, very aromatic Alsatian white that would be indicative of the highly aromatic, floral wines typical to the region. This Auxerrois was the unanimous choice, and it did not disappoint. Auxerrois is a fairly obscure white grape native to Alsace, a cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc (making it Chardonnay's full sibling). Usually blended in with Pinot Blanc, it's rare to see a varietal bottling, but this funny grape makes fantastic wines. Fully dry fermented but very aromatic, this wine from Manbach is full of notes of waxy pear, honeysuckle, white blossoms, and chalky mineral. Perfect as an afternoon quaffing bottle, or as a pairing for artichoke pizza.

- DD



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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Auxerrois is the name of a low-acid white grape widely planted in Alsace, as well as in Germany and Luxembourg. It is also the name used for the black Malbec grape in Cahors, where it is the principal wine grape. The list goes on: Pinot Gris is known as "Auxerrois Gris" in Alsace, and at one time Chardonnay was called "Auxerrois Blanc" in the Moselle region (though this last term fell into disuse after Chardonnay's huge boom in popularity). Alsatian Auxerrois is used in Crémant d'Alsace, and in...

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