Discover the wines of Domain Josmeyer
Hello to everyone, I hope this message finds you all very well indeed!
You will be oh-so surprised to discover that with the lengthening days and warmer temperatures, our thoughts have turned to… wine. Despite this being rather predictable, the region we have landed in, may be less so.
We have this week been considering wines from the charming corner of France, that is Alsace. Truly captivating, evocative wines, grown in fairytale-like landscapes. But, somehow still overlooked and underrated: We have mused about how they just aren’t incorporated into our daily lives in the same way that we might readily reach for a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc.
Therefore, this month we have chosen to showcase the immense deliciousness that comes from this region.
This month, let’s replace our Sauvignon Blancs with Pinot Blancs; and our Chardonnays with Rieslings, and see these warmer months in, with an understated elegance and style. To assist with this, we will focus on the wines of one particularly iconic produce....Domain Josmeyer.
The Wine Region of Alsace
The Alsace wine region combines distinctive grape varieties, a varied topography and unique microclimates that combine to produce wines that are like nowhere else in the world. Nestled on the eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France, the region spans mountainous foothills to the alluvial plains of the Rhine River valley.
There is a proliferation of winemakers who focus on organic farming and minimal intervention; the work here goes into growing excellent grapes and allowing them and the land, to do the talking. Alsace wines are rich, textured and fuller-bodied, highlighting fresh fruit and floral notes and feature the following varieties; Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Auxerrois and Pinot Noir.
It’s less common to find a producer that moves as comfortably with the ‘iconic’ label in conventional wine circles as it does in the Biodynamic world, but for Josmeyer, this is the case. Perhaps it’s the history associated with the estate; or perhaps it’s that insightfully and traditionally made wines from high quality grapes in the end, create few enemies.
The estate was established in 1854 in the charming village of Wintzenheim and spans over 28 hectares of prime Alsatian terroir. The Meyer family has owned and operated the winery for five generations. In the 1990s, Jean Meyer made the bold decision to shift the estate to organic and biodynamic practices, which is credited with transforming it into one of the premier wineries in Alsace. After his passing, his daughters, Celine and Isabelle, took over the management of the winery and now produce the stunning wines made today.
Wintzenheim's low annual rainfall, which is among the lowest in France, benefits the estate, which comprises five unique terroirs, two of which have achieved Grand Cru status: Hengst and Brand. At Josmeyer grapes are carefully handpicked and pressed before undergoing natural fermentation in 100-year-old casks, where they are aged on the lees. Josmeyer's wines are renowned for their freshness, complexity, and minerality, with each of the five terroirs contributing to the distinct expressions of the grape varieties. See the full range of Josmeyer wines HERE!
An absolute Josmeyer stalwart, each year offering wine that is the pure essence of spring. It’s a sought after release; blink and you'll miss it! The wine offers a refreshing, soft palate featuring bright acidity, minerality, fleshy, ripe pear, lemon zest, and almond notes. Grown on limestone and clay soils, the nose unveils white flowers and apple blossom with a hint of white peach. The wine is aged on its fine lees for several months, enhancing its complexity and texture.
It pairs wonderfully with delicate dishes such as seared scallops, lemon sole, and lighter chicken preparations or serves well as summer "patio wine." Chill before serving, but don’t serve ice-cold, allowing its delicate complexity to be fully appreciated.