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Founded in 1854 by Aloyse Meyer, the house of Josmeyer is now run by Céline Meyer, representing the fifth generation, assisted by her sister Isabelle Meyer who is in charge of the cellar. Situated amid the communes of Wintzenhiem, Turkheim and Wettolsheim, the Josmeyer domaine covers an area of 25 ha, of which 5 are the slopes of the AOC Grand Cru Brand and Hengst vineyards.

The Domain has been worked fully to biodynamic principles since 2000, having been organic for many years prior to this, in accordance with the family’s conviction that “the pursuit of excellence in harmony with the earth” will express both terroir and varietal character more dramatically.

Soft sensual wines are produced from the flat alluvial deposits in the valley, whilst the combined calcareous and marl soils of the 360 metre high hengst vineyard yield rich, full bodied wines and those from the deep granite soil of Brand are incisive and fine structured. Artificial chemicals and fertilisers are prohibited and the soil is maintained by ploughing (with oxen) and green cover.

The average age of the vines is 25 years and with hard pruning and the use of only natural fertilizers, yields at Josmeyer are far lower than the average for Alsace.

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Pinot Blanc ‘Mise du Printemps’ 2013

Varietal: Pinot Blanc/Pinot Auxerrois
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual sugar 4 g/l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural cork

Tasting Note:

Bottled in the spring following harvest to preserve the inherent freshness of its style. 2013 saw some extremely variable weather conditions (a cold winter followed by a wet spring and summer, giving way to a very hot August) but its wines are well balanced with ripe acidity and strong character. The nose opens with white flowers and apple blossom notes, with a light touch of white peaches. The wine is both fresh and rounded in the mouth, reminiscent of ripe apricot or peach, with a clean, long lasting finish.

RIESLING ‘LE KOTTABE’ 2011-2

Riesling ‘Le Kottabe’ 2011

Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol 13.5%
Residual Sugar 4 g/l
Oak-ageing Unoaked
Closure: Natural cork

Tasting Note:

A cold winter was followed by a very warm spring, advancing flowering and setting. The hot weather continued through summer and, helped by rain storms in July in August, resulted in an early harvest described by Josmeyer as “balanced and generous, with fresh and crispy acidity – a great classic vintage”. Pale straw green in colour. The nose shows intense aromas of peach with spice notes. Rich and smooth on the palate with peach, apricot and ginger notes which show through on the lingering finish.

PINOT GRIS ‘LE FROMENTEAU’ 2009-2

Pinot Gris ‘Le Fromenteau’ 2011

Varietal 100% Pinot gris
Alcohol: 14%
Residual Sugar 7 g/l
Oak-ageing Unoaked
Closure Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Fine and typical nose on nuts flavours, beautiful fullness with elegance in the mouth.

GEWURZTRAMINER ‘LES FOLASTRIES’ 2011-2

Gewurztraminer ‘Les Folastries’ 2011

Varietal: 100% gewurztraminer
Alcohol: 14%
Residual Sugar 10 g/l
Oak aging Unoaked
Closure: Natural cork

Tasting Note:

Yellow Green in colour. Powerful notes of flowers show through on a complex nose. The mouth is full and rich, showing roses, spiced aromas (even some iodine) and fine acidity. The finish is long and complex. A fine wine from a vintage which produced concentrated wines with high acidity.

RIESLING ‘LE DRAGON’ 2011-2

Riesling ‘Le Dragon’ 2011

Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual Sugar 5 g/l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural cork

Tasting Note:

Named after a sheltered area in the Brand GC vineyard, reputed to be a Dragon’s lair, whose warmth is reflected in the rich flavours of the Riesling grapes grown there. The wine is mid yellow/gold in colour. The exotic, terroir nose shows citrus notes, grapefruit softened by honey and apricot. The wine is well structured on the palate, with juicy flavours of orange and lemon framed by brisk but harmonious acidity. A long, crisp finish. This wine is now beginning to mature into a serious Riesling.

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Pinot Blanc ‘Les Lutins’ 2012

Varietal 100% Pinot Blanc
Alcohol 13.5%
Residual Sugar 8 g/l
Oak-ageing Unoaked
Closure Natural cork

Tasting Note:

Straw yellow in colour. A discrete nose reveals white flowers. The palate is plump and rounded showing ripe apricot and plum with floral tones which is finely balanced by a taut acidity which lends freshness and balance. A dense wine, with the typical acidity of the 2010 vintage which will age well.

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Riesling ‘Les Pierrets’ 2011

Varietal 100% Riesling
Alcohol 13%
Residual Sugar 5 g/l
Oak-ageing Unoaked
Closure Natural cork

Tasting Note:

Soft aromas of peach and apricot. Sweet and supple on the palate, with ripe citrus and delicate spice flavors that persist nicely. 89 International Wine Cellar.

GEWURZTRAMINER ‘LES ARCHENETS’ 2000-2

Gewurztraminer ‘Les Archenets’ 2008

Varietal: 100% gewürztraminer
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: 14 g/l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Yellow-gold in colour. A brilliantly intense and smoky nose with great perfume and complexity. Hugely powerful, ripe palate with good balancing acidity. Stylish and very long and drinking beautifully.

Pinot Gris Fondation No Vintage

Pinot Gris ‘1854 – Fondation’ 2011

Varietal: 100% Pinot gris
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: 7 g/l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Drawn from vines of which the oldest were planted in the 1930s. Shiny mid yellow in colour. Huge black fruit intensity and richness on the palate with great concentration and serious weight. Impressive length and balance.

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Pinot Auxerrois ‘H’ Vieilles Vignes 2013

Varietal: 100% Pinot Auxerrois
Alcohol: 13%
Residual Sugar: 3 g/l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural cork

Tasting Note:

Although grown on the Grand Cru Hengst vineyard, the Pinot Auxerrois varietal cannot claim this status in Alsace, though this is a wine with grand cru quality. A pale, straw colour. The nose is tight, indicative of youth, but showing elegant aromas of peach and plum. The wine is both firm and full bodied with a smoky richness balanced by bright, spiced acidity. A very long, fine finish. The typical structure of a Hengst wine shows through.

RIESLING GRAND CRU HENGST 2008-2

Riesling Grand Cru Hengst 2011

Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual Sugar: 9 g/l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Tropical fruit notes and tangerine on the perfumed nose. Riche an supple in the mouth, with harmonious acidity giving focus to the peach and ripe citrus flavours. Finishes bright and pure.

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand 2004-2

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand 2004

Varietal: 100% Pinot gris
Alcohol: 14.0%
Residual Sugar: 12 g.l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

Yellow gold in colour. A fine, focused and earthy nose opens on smoky notes to apricot and honey. Very poised and elegant. There is broad palate weight, with balancing acidity and medium length. Though full and rich, the sugar is not that evident. The finish is long and fine.

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Riesling Grand Cru Hengst Vendange Tardive 2001

Varietal: 100% Riesling.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual sugar: 50 g/l
Oak-ageing: Unoaked
Closure: Natural Cork

Tasting Note:

This rare cuveé is only produced in exceptional years. Aromas of fresh and dried apricot and peach skin. An off dry version of a vendange tardive with a tight balance, with flavours of crystallised lemon peel and confectioner’s sugar. Highly aromatic and fine on the very long finish.

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