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Flashcards in Alsace Deck (14):
1

What is the climate in Alsace?

Cool to moderate
Sunny Summers and dry Autumns

2

What effect do the Vosges Mountains have on Alsace?

Shelter the vineyards from prevailing Westerly, rain bearing winds

3

Where are the best vineyards located?

On the steepest slopes with east and south-east aspects

4

What are the two principal appelations of Alsace?

Alsace and Alsace Grand Cru

5

What are the four noble grape varieties of Alsace?

Riesling, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris

6

What does 'Vendages Tardives' (VT) mean?

Late harvest.
Grapes have a specific minimum sugar ripeness.
The best wines may have undergone 'passerillage' and there may be some influence of 'noble rot'

7

What is 'Selection de Grains Nobles' (SGN)?

Grapes have a specific minimum sugar ripeness (higher than for VT), usually achieved with 'noble rot'

8

Depending on variety, how late can grape picking happen

End November / early December

9

What are blended Alsace wines called?

'Edelzwicker' or 'Gentil'

10

What are the key characters of Alsace Riesling?
Body
Alcohol
Acidity
Aromas

Medium to full bodied
Medium alcohol
High acidity
Aromas - Citrus and stone fruit

11

What are the key characters of Gewurtztraminer?
Body
Alcohol
Acidity
Aromas

Full bodied with a rich oily texture
High alcohol often 14%
Low to medium acidity
Aromas - Lychees, roses, sweet baking spices

12

What are the key characters of Pinot Gris?
Body
Alcohol
Acidity
Aromas

Full bodied
High in alcohol
Medium acidity
Aromas - Fresh and dried fruits, honeyed character

13

What are the key characters of Muscat?
Body
Alcohol
Acidity
Aromas

Light to medium body
?Medium? alcohol
Low to medium acidity
Intensely aromatic - Orange blossom, Rose and Grape

14

List the 4 Natural factors of wine

Grapes
Climate
Weather
Soil / Aspect