ALSACE: TERROIR TO THE TASTE TEST
TUESDAY OCTOBER 6TH FROM 9:00AM TO 11:30 AM
The soils of Alsace are some of the most diverse in the world. Yet when discussing the wines of Alsace, grape variety and residual sugar levels are always top of mind and on the tip of the tongue. Can terroir express itself regardless of grape variety or RS level? You bet your Vendange Tardive! In this seminar, we will showcase various styles of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris from several terroirs on granite, limestone and marl dominated soils. You be the judge and jury. Is there truth to terroir?
SPEAKER BIO: : THIERRY MEYER, ALSACE MASTER-LEVEL LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Thierry Meyer was born and raised in Alsace. He began writing about wine in 1999 when he started using the newly emerging wine forums to share tasting notes and insights on the 1000 Alsace+ wines he tastes each year. In 2001, Thierry started his signature dinner series dedicated to Alsace wines. These have quickly become an important occasion for wine lovers from all over the world to experience fine Alsace food paired with some of the finest wines in the world. In 2006, Thierry founded L’Oenothèque Alsace (www.oenoalsace.com), one of the most comprehensive modern resources dedicated to Alsace wines.
At the same time, he started to promote a program of structured Alsace wine master classes and dinners, each dedicated to a specific theme and each aimed at discovering the richness and variety of Alsace wines in all categories. These sessions are open to all wine lovers, from absolute beginners to professionals, and aim to help them discover the wines of Alsace or further develop their knowledge and preferences. L’Oenothèque Alsace also organizes visits to local vineyards in order to discover the unique geological complexity of Alsace. L’Oenothèque Alsace does not sell wine, and is not connected to any wine producer or association and therefore offers completely impartial advice, allowing wine lovers to discover the quality and diversity of Alsace wines. From 2007 to 2011, Thierry was contributing editor for Bettane & Desseauve, the influential French wine guide. In this, he covered the Alsace region, as well as the Jura, Savoie and Bugey regions.
Thierry is a member of the Confrérie Saint Etienne d’Alsace, which gives him numerous occasions to taste Alsace wines which are up to 80 years old. In 2012, Thierry joined the Decanter World Wine Awards jury as Regional Chair for Alsace.
WINES FEATURED FOR THIS MASTER TASTING:
- Cave de Kientzheim, Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg, 2012
- Cave de Hunawihr, Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker, 2012
- Dopff & Irion, Riesling Schoenenbourg, 2012
- Bott Geyl,Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg, 2012
- Louis Sipp,Riesling Grand Cru Osterberg, 2012
- Frédéric Mochel, Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergbieten Cuvée Henriette, 2012
- Zind-Humbrecht, Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann, 2011
- Albert Mann,Pinot Gris Grand Cru Furstentum, 2011
- Dopff au Moulin, Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Brand, 2010
- Domaine Weinbach, Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Furstentum, 2010
- Domaine Schoenheitz, Pinot Noir Herrenreben 2012
- René Muré,Pinot Noir V, 2012
- Frédéric Schmitt, Coeur de Bollenberg, 2012
- Marcel Deiss, Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim ,2009
- Domaine Ostertag, Gewurztraminer Fronholz Vendanges Tardives, 2009
Plus 2 "surprise" wines tasted blind!