Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru, Furstentum, SGN, 2006

  Domaine Weinbach

Marginally less rich and complex than the Quintessence fermented to 120g/l of residual sugar and 11.5 alc, this is hugely impressive nonetheless and surprisingly moreish, really well defined fruit flavours of quince, mirabelle and peach with more luxurious touches of orange blossom honey and an intense liquorice spice finish.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine Weinbach


Named after the “Wine Brook”, a little stream that flows through the estate, Domaine Weinbach was founded by the Capucin monks in 1612. The house is surrounded by the original 9th Century monastic vineyard, the Clos du Capucin and all of the estate’s wines are now labelled with its name. Two Faller brothers acquired the estate in 1898 and this was duly inherited by Théo Faller. Sadly Théo died in 1979 leaving his estate in the safe hands of a Faller Triumvirate: his wife Colette and his two daughters, Cathy and Laurence – who all contributed to the continued development of Théo’s great legacy. Tragically Laurence died in 2014, far too young at just 47. And then under a year later, Colette too passed away. Alsace had lost two of its most important figures in as many years. Today Cathy is joined by her two sons Eddy and Theo, so the outlook for the domaine looks stable. Staggeringly Domaine Weinbach owns 26 hectares of vineyards in the Kaysersberg valley in the Haut-Rhin of Alsace at between 200 to 400 metres above sea level. They grow their vineyards organically with a view to quality rather than quantity and hand pick the grapes. Only their grapes are vinified (unlike many other producers in Alsace who frequently have to buy them in). Ageing is best described as passive, carried out in huge old oak fuders, allowing each vineyard and each specific terroir, along with the other unique characteristics of grape and vintage, to shimmer through these elegant and sophisticated wines.

Appellation: Alsace Grand Cru

Alsace Grand Cru is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée for wines made in the Alsace wine region of France. The Grand Cru AOC is the top quality categorisation of Alsace wine that was first recognized in 1975 by Appellation Contrôlée governing body with subsequent expansion in 1983, 1992 and 2007. The wines come from selected sites in the Alsace region, located at altitudes between 200m and 300m. Alsace Grand Cru wines must be produced from yields of 65hl/ha or less and the wine must come from a single named vineyard which will must be listed on the label. Currently 51 named vineyards are listed as Grand Cru, the latest addition being Kaefferkopf of Ammerschwihr in January 2007.

Grape Type: Gewurztraminer

One of the most distinctively perfumed grapes in the world, Gewurztraminer is the Alsace grape which smells of fragrant rose petals, jasmine and lychees. It produces spicy wines that have a tendency to be on the heavy side, though made correctly by good producers such as Domaine Weinbach, it has a fresh uplifting finish. In its late-harvest form, it makes deliciously rich, opulent, exotic whites. It partners particularly well with strong cheeses such as Munster. Growers in New Zealand and Oregon are also experimenting with the variety.