This week, and until the 12th December, iDealwine is presenting you with three regions on the rise, both literally and figuratively. These vineyards boast a fascinating variety of terroirs, grape varieties, viticultural and vinification methods, and are winning over the world with the finesse of their production. From Alsatian Grands Crus to Savoyard schists, from the Jura’s vin jaune to its fresh Pinot noir in the North, follow our guide on the subject.
THREE NEW PARTNER DOMAINS
Domain Emile Beyer (Alsace)
We are happy to present you with this new partner domain, with 17 hectares, of certified organic vineyards, which has been converting to biodynamics since 2016. Situated in the village of Eguisheim, a third of its vines are classed as Grand Cru (Eichberg and Pfersigberg). We have selected 4 cuvées, from the regional appellation (the very well-made Riesling Eguisheim, with nice aromas of ripe yellow fruits) to the Eichberg Grand Cru (the “hill of oak” in French, a complex, rich and powerful wine with an aromatic palette which includes citrus fruits and exotic fruits and a subtle, elegant minerality).
Domain Philippe Chatillon (bottles will be available from this week onwards)
In the Jura, Philippe Chatillon is new to our network of partner domains. A lover of vines and nature in general, (the domain is organic) Philippe Chatillon also believes in bio-harmonie: in his opinion, sound vibrations allow to balance the wines and are therefore very important in producing something that is living. His wines thus listen to crystal harps and singing bowls. We strongly advise all music lovers to try the wines from this domain!
Domaine Kreydenweiss (bottles will be available from this week onwards)
Heading back to Alsace, with a domain whose wines we loved when tasted recently at the Biodyvin wine fair, Domain Kreydenweiss. Given the wide variety of wines they produce, it is far from simple to summarise this domain in just a few words (as is often the case in Alsace). The domain has 13.5 hectares, with 4 Grands Crus: Viebelsberg, Monenchberg, Kastelberg and Kirchberg de Barr. The domain has been managed following biodynamic principles since 1989 (without certification). The wines are truly well-made, with a refined minerality, as the vineyard is located on a geological mosaic of complex terroirs, from pink sandstone from the Vosges to blue schist. Finally, you will notice the artworks on each of the labels, reminiscent of the famous French Mouton wines 😉.
Of course these three domains are just the tip of the iceberg: iDealwine’s selection is vast, allowing you to stock up on wines from each region. Here is a small selection, just for you, dear readers:
Alsatian summits: a proliferation of Grands Crus, from the domains Zind Humbrecht (for instance Rangen de Thann… in the three noble vareties, for a nice horizontal), Trimbach (especially Clos Sainte-Hune), Deiss or Zusslin.
Alsace is also synonymous with fresh and mouthwatering cuvées, sometimes slightly iodic, which can be paired with practically anything you would eat with a white wine! It’s also worth noting the regional AOCs from the afore-mentioned domains, Les Eléments from Bott-Geyl or the sublime Grasberg for Marcel Deiss, one of our favourites from the Biodyvin wine show last Monday.
Jura: If you’re yet to taste domain Ganevat’s wines, this is a good time to do so, as we have no less than 15 cuvées on offer, from only €20. Another of our all-time favourites, Domain Tissot and Domaine des Marnes Blanches!
Savoy: you won’t be surprised that we’re promoting our favourite alpine domain, Domaine des Ardoisières. You can also find more “exotic” styles of wine, from domains such as Domaine Belluard, Berlioz. You will also love the wines (and labels!) from Domaine Giachino, and Les Vignes du Paradis, a lovely producer right next the Lake Geneva.