Alsace is one of the fine-dining destinations of France, with Michelin-starred restaurants aplenty, stunning scenery and chocolate-box villages to explore. From a wine point of view, however, this eastern-French region is still something of a hidden gem, capable of world-class aromatic wines that compare with the best in the world.
Alsace’s trump card is white wine – it accounts for around nine of every 10 bottles made – and the very best, bottled in the traditional tall flute bottles of the region, have been put through their paces in this year’s IWSC.
Gewurztraminer showed well this year, with two Gold medals and four Silvers. The judges recognised its food-friendliness – Gewurz is a classic pairing with spicy food – and were impressed by the variety’s trademark notes of lychee, rose petals and tropical fruit.
Alsace’s star variety, Riesling, didn’t disappoint, with an array of medals showcasing the grape’s classy blend of zesty acidity and taut steeliness. And one of the region’s lesser-known varieties, Pinot Blanc, came up trumps with a Gold for La Cave du Vieil Armand, for its Tradition Pinot Blanc 2020. And there were also Silvers for sparkling wine (Bestheim Grand Prestige Brut 2015) and Pinot Noir (Domaine Kirrenbourg Mathieu Pinot Noir 2019 and Pfaff Red Tie Pinot Noir 2020), proving that Alsace is far from a one-trick pony.
Each wine in the Alsace category in this year’s IWSC was grouped by type, then tasted blind by an expert panel. Chairing this year’s panel was Master of Wine John Hoskins, ably assisted by Master Sommeliers Isa Bal and Eric Zwiebel, Zuma sommelier Georgios Iordanidis, Beverly Tabbron MW of Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines, and consultant and former restaurateur Roger Jones.
Alsace doesn’t get anything like the attention of Bordeaux and Burgundy, so if you’ve yet to discover the charms of this beautiful French region, make sure you try some (or all) of the delicious Alsace wines below. We’re proud to present our selection of the best Alsace wines from this year’s IWSC.
Six award-winning Alsace wines from the IWSC 2021
- Dopff Au Moulin, Gewurztraminer Brand 2019. Alsace Grand Cru AOP; 96/100
- Morrisons, The Best Gewurztraminer 2019. Alsace; 95/100
- La Cave du Vieil Armand, Tradition Pinot Blanc 2020. Alsace; 95/100
- Bestheim, Riesling 2019. Schlossberg, Alsace Grand Cru; 93/100
- Jean Geiler, Réserve Particuliére Pinot Blanc 2019. Alsace; 91/100
- Domaine Kirrenbourg, Mathieu Pinot Noir 2019. Alsace AOP; 91/100
HOW DO WE JUDGE THESE WINES?
We run a tightly structured, rigorous wine tasting process. That means that each wine sample is pre-poured into numbered glasses and assessed blindly by the judges. Most importantly, our IWSC wine judges are experts in their field, who work across all sectors of the wine industry. For evidence, see our full list of judges.
HOW DO WE SCORE THESE WINES?
Only the best wines sampled receive a Gold or Silver award. For example, to win Gold, wines have to score between 95 and 100 points. Meanwhile, Silver wines range from 90 to 94 points. Click here to read more on our scoring system.
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