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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Domaine Julien Meyer

Address: 14 Route des Vins, 67680 Nothalten
Tel: 03 88 92 60 15  Fax: 03 88 92 47 75
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 48:20:58N (48.34934)    Longitude: 7:25:13E (7.42036) 

Patrick Meyer, non-conformist and intermittently at war with the authorities (who have rejected his wines for the Alsace appellation on various pretexts) took over the 9ha domaine from his father Julien in 1982, converted it to organic in 1991 and to biodynamic in 1999. His entry-level wines - Nature (a fruity 80/20 Sylvaner/Auxerrois blend with a snappy, minimalist label with NA + TU + RE written like an opthalmologist’s chart) and Pinot Blanc Pierres Chaudes from the Heissenstein lieu-dit, are great for everyday drinking and streets ahead of most inexpensive quaffing wines. Petite Fleur, an early-harvested Muscat, is true to its name: lightly flowery, a delight as an aperitif. Several fine Rieslings, including from Grand Cru Muenchberg (as distinct from Moenchberg, below Andlau) and Pinot Noir, are minimally sulphured and some oak-aged. Meyer is experimenting with some wines sous voile (matured under a layer of yeast like a Vin Jaune from the Jura). A tasting with this young, unconventional grower is worth a detour.

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