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Alsace wine specifications...

Full body dry white wines
Wines labeled by grape variety (100% of stated grape)
White wines are dry, rich, earth/mineral character

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Primary Noble grape varieties at Alsace are:

Riesling
Gewürztraminer
Muscat
Pinot Gris (Tokay d'Alsace)
Sylvaner (planted in Zotsenberg vineyard)
Blends

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Other grape varieties at Alsace are:

Pinot Blanc
Auxerrois
Sylvaner
Chasselas
Chardonnay
Pinot noir

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How is the climate in Alsace?

Continental
Dry with warm, sunny summers
Rain shadow effect

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Geographical boundaries in Alsace...

Vosges Mountains and Rhine river with high diversity soils

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Regions from Alsace...

Bas Rhin (north)
Haut Rhin (south)

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Alsace appellations:

Alsace AOC
Alsace grand Cru
Cremant d'alsace AOC

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Alsace Grand Cru generalities...

51 Grand crus
Only noble varieties
Quality criteria

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Cremant d'alsace AOC generalities...

1976
Blend of grapes (Pinot Blanc)
Methode Traditionelle

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Late harvested wine terms:

Vendage Tardive (VT): late harvest wines, rich, full bodied in style, not necessarily sweet.
Selection de Grains Nobles (SGN): dessert wines from botrytis fruit, made in small quantities only in exceptional vintages.
Edelzwicker: Blended carafe wine
Reserve personnelle, reserve particuliere: best cuvees or lots from individual producers