09.09.16

Alsace Sylvaner - Summer Sipping

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Alsace Sylvaner - Super Summer Sipping

Sylvaner is perhaps the least known of Alsace’s seven main grape varieties, but you’ll wonder why when you try the Léon Beyer Sylvaner 2014.  Its fresh, clean style means this grape is perfectly suited to summer sipping and Maison Léon Beyer has put its distinctive gastronomic stamp on this particular wine, so it’s a great match with seasonal foods.

The 15,500 ha mosaic of vineyards in Alsace is host to a huge range of soils (volcanic, limestone, gneiss, sandstone, marl and granite to name but a few) and grape varieties.  This means the region’s wines - known the world over for their distinctive aromatics, purity of fruit and food-matching prowess - range from vivacious and aromatic Muscats, to spicy and floral Gewurztraminers and smoky Pinot Gris. 

Léon Beyer - AOC Alsace Sylvaner 2014                                                                   12% ABV

The Wine Society                                                                                                        RRP £ 8.50

One of the oldest houses in Alsace, Maison Léon Beyer has been making wines since 1580 in the ridiculously picturesque town of Eguisheim. The producer is one of the 34 Grandes Maisons d’Alsace, who have worked together to promote the region and its wines for over 100 years. Winemaking, which is very traditional and favours lean, dry wines with good ageing potential, is now in the hands of qualified eonologists Marc Beyer (whose father Léon Beyer was instrumental in getting their wines featured in top restaurants throughout the world) and son Yann-Léon Beyer.

The Maison has around 20 hectares of vines in Eguisheim and the surrounding area, many of which are situated in the villages’ two Grands Crus of Eichberg and Pfersigberg. The clay and limestone characteristics of the soils are evident in the wines, as is the method of winemaking, meaning the Beyer style is food focused, individual and easily recognisable.  Everything is fermented to dryness, and typically large foudres are used, without temperature control. 

The warm dry spring, early summer, cooler and rainy August followed by a sunny September, resulted in full physiological ripeness of the grapes and diurnal variations helped preserve the acidity. As a result, 2014 looks to be a solid vintage of well-structured wines that offer varietal character.

The Léon Beyer Sylvaner 2014 is a dry, food friendly Alsace white with a hint of peppery spice, a twist of honey and pear, and a nice touch of savoury character.  Enjoy it with shellfish, charcuterie, onion tart, salads… enjoy it with summer!

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Date of issue:  8 September 2016

Further information: emma wellings pr  t 020 8996 5168  e kristen@ew-pr.co.uk

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