France: Alsace

South of Colmar

The wines of the Haut-Rhin from Turckheim to Guebwiller
By Sue Style

This Guide was last updated on 14 March 2011
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Wine Travel Guide: France, Alsace, South-of-Colmar

Handsome tasting room at Dirler-Cadé ©Peter Harvey

Dirler-Cadé

Address: 13 Rue d’Issenheim, 68500 Bergholtz
Tel: 03 89 76 91 00  Fax: 03 89 76 85 97
Email: dirler-cade@terre-net.fr
Web: www.dirler-cade.com
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:54:59N (47.91641)    Longitude: 7:14:59E (7.24961) 

When Jean Dirler married Ludivine Hell-Cadé in 2000, they not only promised to have and to hold each other for life but also to pool their resources. The result is an 18ha holding in and around Bergholtz and Guebwiller, almost half of which is in Grand Cru vineyards (Saering, Spiegel, Kessler and Kitterlé). If possible, try and arrange for Ludivine to take you through the domaine’s full-bodied, full-flavoured, complex wines in the warm, wood-panelled salle de dégustation. Thanks to her clear, perceptive descriptions and explanations – whether it’s vineyard characteristics, geology, the house winemaking philosophy (“we aim for harmony, freshness – and subtilité”), a particular vintage or a specific wine – a tasting here is a high point in any Alsace tour. Standouts include a finely acidic but fruity Sylvaner from low-yielding vines aged between 30 and 60 years old, a fresh, almost minty Muscat (“perfect with asparagus”), elegant Rieslings from each of the Grands Crus and a superb Gewurz Grand Cru Kessler Vendange Tardive, rich in sugar but with wonderful balancing acidity.

Useful information: Open Monday – Saturday 08.00-12.00 and 13.30-18.00 (17.00 on Saturday). Closed Sundays and public holidays. English spoken.

 

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