Alsace 2009 – Albert Boxler

Domaine Boxler, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Austrian Wine

As we release the 2009 wines from Albert Boxler, our Buying Assistant and envoy to the region back in July, Edwina,  shares her thoughts on this sometimes under-valued corner of the wine world and on this brilliant producer, an old favourite of Lay and Wheeler’s. For specific details on the range of wines offered, click here

Alsace is one of the great, unsung treasures of the wine world.  The old Alsatian wine villages have a timeless beauty; The predominant grape varieties are German and, unusually for France, it is these which take pride of place on the label.  Gewürztraminer and Riesling grow alongside Muscat, Pinot Gris and, less frequently, Pinot Noir, on a patchwork of different soil types and aspects, often just a stone’s throw apart.  There is a greater diversity of soils and subsoils here than in any other major wine region of France.  Furthermore, the unique, warm climate with its limited rainfall is ideal for a slow, extended ripening season, which contributes to wines with elegant, complex aromas.  The unmistakable influence of ‘terroir’ has never been more significant.
Across France, 2009 was a recognisably superb vintage and nowhere more so than in Alsace.  The previous three vintages in this region had all possessed significantly high levels of acidity but 2009, by contrast, is more moderate, with levels comparable with 2005.  Consequently, the resultant wines show real grace, sophistication and balance.

Boxler, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Austrian WineDomaine Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old estate situated in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine is today in the talented hands of Jean Boxler, who cites his father as being instrumental in his development as a winemaker. Domaine Boxler possesses vines in the Grands Crus of Brand (a very warm site producing richer wines) and Sommerberg (cooler, producing finer, nervier wines) – indeed 80% of their vineyards are classified Grand Cru. In a true reflection of Jean’s philosophy on wine, the domaine’s wines are pure in nature and classic in style, he comments that they are neither traditional nor modern, just natural and expressive.

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