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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > FRANCE: Alsace

Winner Details

FRANCE: Alsace

2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 0 Bronze: 1 Commended: 2
2015 Gold: 2 Silver: 5 Bronze: 5 Commended: 8

Oh dear. Go back two or three years and this was a genuinely exciting area of the competition – 13 medals, three of them Gold, and plenty of chuffed tasters musing about how to use everything from the region’s successful Rieslings and Gewürzs through Pinot Gris to Pinot Noir.
So the paltry entry here this year was a major disappointment.

Still, on the plus side, our tasters did find a couple of good wines that are well worth a look if you fancy something a bit exotic, like.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Gewürz is an absolute hand-sell, and you have to spend a bit of money to get a good example. Riesling sells a lot more easily. Over the past three to five years there’s been more young people coming into wine, and guests are asking a lot of questions about Riesling. It’s considered quite a cool grape variety.’ Julian Bicknell, Hawksmoor Air Street

‘The Gewürzs overdelivered, the Rieslings underdelivered. The [Beblenheim Gewürz] was amazing for the price.’ Olivier Marie, team leader

“With Gewürz the balance of acidity is important – and these got it right.” Emily Bonsor, consultant sommelier

Award winners

Found 4 wines

France: Alsace

Beblenheim, Oscar Truschel, Réserve Particulière, Gewürztraminer, 2014, Alsace , France

Gold medal winner

'Great value for money and fine complexity,' said Gustavo Medina of Tate Britain, noting this wine's intensity, its oily, off-dry nature with notes of white pepper and long finish. 'Spice, rose and lychee on the nose, this has good body and texture and long length, said Rebecca Coates of Hakkasan London. 'Good varietal expression with an elevated intensity,' said team leader Olivier Marie, adding: 'There's a lovely food freshness on the palate.'

£6.27 Kingsland

Jean Biecher & Fils, Gewürztraminer, Grand Cru Steinert, 2012, Alsace , France

Bronze medal winner

An opulent style of Gewürz. Team leader Olivier Marie found this 'varietally expressive and precise, with some good texture and roundness'.

£13.42 Bibendum Wine

GCF Exclusif, Hospices de Colmar, Riesling, 2014, Alsace , France

Commended medal winner

Jean Biecher & Fils , Riesling, Grand Cru Sommerberg , 2014, Alsace , France

Commended medal winner

£11.96 Bibendum Wine