Alsace Willm - Brut Blanc de BlancsNV
30% Pinot Blanc
30% Pinot Gris
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Wine Enthusiast 88
With crisp apple and green pear flavors this is an attractive apéritif-style wine that could age for a few months in bottle. There is a touch of caramel toastiness that adds complexity to this invigorating wine. Imported by Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd.
by RV, Wine Enthusiast , 2006
The wines are made using traditional methods, a second fermentation, followed by maturation on battens for at least 12 months. The grapes are harvested at the beginning of the opening of the harvest ban, timing where the grape are just before full maturity, good acidity is found in the vivacity and fruitiness of the wine.
In 1896 the Willm family founded the Willm Estate in Barr, at the foot of the majestic Kirchberg de Barr Grand Cru vineyard. Willm has always been concerned with revealing the best of its terroirs and sharing its exceptional wines with the whole world. Thanks to the adventurous founder Emile WILLM, the estate’s wines were the first from Alsace to be exported to the United States in the early 1930s, after prohibition laws were lifted. Their wines are celebrated for their blend freshness, minerality and elegance; they are synonymous with tradition, terroir, purity and refinement.
Yellow pale with nice brilliance and a persisting mousse. An expressive nose full of fresh fruits, apple peaches and apricots. Nice maturity and ripe fruit on the palate.
The Willm vineyard is located in the Barr region of northern Alsace at an altitude of 200-400 meters, extending from the mountainous base of the Vosges to the plains of Alsace and the Rhine. Bordered by the Vosges Mountains to the west, the Barr hillsides benefit from a dry and sunny microclimate thanks to their south-southeast exposure, optimal for cultivating the vines. The fluctuation between warm days and cool nights in autumn is conducive to a slow, prolonged grape maturation.
Our diverse soils are a product of the region’s diverse landscape. The mountainous Vosges make way for smaller hills which stretch into various flatlands—just a few of about a dozen geological formations that comprise our region’s landscape. The vineyard itself consists primarily of granite and clay-limestone soils, while the coastal marine environment contributes to the terroir’s mineral-rich quality.