The history of the
Albrecht family as
winegrowers can be
traced back to 1425 with Romanu
Albrecht, who was
settled in the town
of Thann. This wine
is named for Balthazar Albrecht, who settled in
Orschwihr in 1698. The estate is now in its
ninth generation of family control and is run by
Jean Albrecht. The vineyards are organically
farmed and no oak is utilized with this wine,
but the fruit is picked when very ripe. The
resulting wine has a bright golden color with a
fresh bouquet expressing a slight minerality and
fruity aromas. It's a light-bodied, dry, yet very
soft wine, quite refreshing and loaded with ripe
fruits such as apple, melon, peach and mango,
with subtle mineral notes. Clean long finish.
Pair with salads, seafood, fish, chicken, pork,
veal and mild-flavored cheeses.
Alsace is one of the loveliest parts
of France. It was originally part of the Holy Roman
Empire and only became French at the end of the Thirty
Years War in 1648. It was annexed by Germany in 1870
and returned to France in 1919.
vineyards of Alsace occupy the northeastern corner
of France between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine
Valley in the Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin departements.
The types of soil are most varied, with a mix of
clay, silt, sandy-gravel, sandstone and granite running
through the vineyards, suiting the Alsatian grape varieties
to a greater or lesser degree. The vines are mostly
planted on hillsides facing east and south, at an altitude
of 200-450 meters above sea-level, with some magnificently
accentuated slopes with due-south exposure that give
extra ripeness to the grapes to produce vendage tardive
or even selection des grains nobles wines in good years.
mountains protect the 110-kilometer stretch of vines
from the wind and rain emanating from the northwest,
to the extent that Alsace has one of the driest climates
in France, with sunny days lasting long into the autumn.
The Bas-Rhin, to the north, is correspondingly richer
and more intensely aromatic.
are a number of grape varieties in Alsace; however,
four of the most important are Riesling, Gewürztraminer,
Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc.