France: Alsace

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The Alsace wines of the Bas-Rhin
By Sue Style

This Guide was last updated on 12 March 2011
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Guarding the Sylvaner in the 17C cellars ©Peter Clayton

Domaine Albert Seltz

Address: 21 Rue Principale, 67140 Mittelbergheim
Tel: 03 88 08 91 77  Fax: 03 88 24 61 61
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 48:23:41N (48.39479)    Longitude: 7:26:48E (7.44661) 

Feisty, irascible and utterly passionate, Albert Seltz and his wines will hardly leave you indifferent. An ebullient and articulate champion of the leaner wines of the Bas-Rhin, he comments: “the Haut-Rhin is like a pretty girl with makeup - the Bas-Rhin is the pretty girl who doesn’t need the makeup!” It’s thanks to Seltz’s dogged determination that Sylvaner – originally not one of the permitted Grand Cru varieties but historically cultivated to resounding effect in the Zotzenberg Grand Cru - can continue to be grown on the Zotzenberg slopes AND be labelled as a Grand Cru. He talks of his wines as if they were people whose talents had been underestimated – “just because you come from a modest background doesn’t mean you’re not interesting!” which for him means giving even a Pinot Blanc or a Sylvaner its chance to shine as a Vendange Tardive or a Sélection de Grains Nobles.

Useful information: Open Monday-Friday 08.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00. Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays open by appointment only. English no problem – both Seltz’s mother and wife are American.


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