Have you ever had an Alsace Premier Cru? You haven’t heard of such a thing? Really? Don’t worry, it doesn’t exist…actually maybe you should worry. Alsace’s Grand Cru vineyard system has been widely criticized for a number of reasons, they include…
- Including not only the great vineyards of the region, but also many that arguably are not capable of producing Grand cru level wines
- Grand Cru rankings have also been criticized for promoting varietal wines made from four notable Alsatian grape varieties: Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat, and for, at least until recently, excluding other varieties and blends, even when made using the above varieties.
Instead of answers, I have more questions.
Why doesn’t Alsace have a Premier Cru system? Should it? If it did, what would it mean for the Grand Cru vineyards? Continue reading Alsace Premier Cru?