Gewurztraminer Les Folastries Josmeyer 2018

Gewurztraminer Les Folastries
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A hearty dinner

Looks, Smells, Tastes like:

Golden, Aromatic, Classy

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Gewurztraminer Les Folastries Josmeyer, biodynamic alsace wine, off dry, spicy, delicate style, aromatic but elegant, superb food wine. A delicious biodynamic wine named after Ronsard’s collection of poems Livret de Folastries, meaning ‘book of follies’. Grown on the flats between Wintzenheim and Turckheim. Known for producing softer, sensual wines (in the words of the winery themselves), the vines are over 35 years old. Gewurztraminer Les Folastries tends towards the drier style with approx 7 grams residual sugar. On the nose, classic varietal notes of Lychee combine with north African spices like Cardamom, Coriander and Clove. The palate is drier than the nose would indicate, very spicy but supremely fresh, precise, a style which typifies the Josmeyer estate and the elegance and freshness makes it superb with food.

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine Josmeyer
Country France
Region Alsace, France
Vintage 2018
Wine Type Off Dry White Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Gewurztraminer
Terroir Sand, shingle and silt, rich in clay
Alcohol 14% abv
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 0-5 years
Food Matching Antipasti, Light Dishes and Salads, Poultry

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.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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