"When we started tasting this wine, it was unusual, it had so much character - very dynamic - it would have been a shame to put a label on it. There was no reason to come out of the appellation other than the fact that we wanted people to taste it blind." Isabelle Meyer the winemaker.
Match it with: A rustic aromatic pairing like a Tourte Alsacienne (if you can get hold of it) a tarte flambée would be delicious too.
Terroir: Old vines of Pinot Gris on Limestone. The grapes have been selected from parcels in the Grand Cru Hengst terroir.
Average age of vines: 40 years old
Vinification: A very short maceration before the press // fermentation takes place in inox // the juice is separated in two different barrels // one is aged on fine lees while the other undergoes MLF (malolactic fermentation) // followed by further ageing on lees // both barrels are blended together before the bottling.
Settled in Wintzenheim in Alsace, Domaine Josmeyer is an estate with a long family history. Founded in 1854 by Aloyse Meyer, a noted restaurateur and gourmet, the estate was rechristened in 1963 by Hubert Meyer, his grandson because numerous families named Meyer were making wines in the area. He added the beginning of his father’s name, Joseph, to their surname and thus created the Josmeyer brand. Since 1966, the 28-hectare estate has been managed by Jean along with his two daughters, Céline and Isabelle.