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 producers to visit

Léon Beyer

Address: 2 Rue de la Première Armée, 68420 Eguisheim
Tel: 03 89 21 62 30  Fax: 03 89 23 93 63
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 48:2:29N (48.04141)    Longitude: 7:18:54E (7.31492) 

One of Alsace’s most distinguished growers, famed the world over (75% of their production is exported), Beyer consider themselves to be the standard-bearers of properly dry white wines in Alsace in a region where sugar levels are steadily creeping upwards.. “We’re against sugar in our regular wines - but naturally not in our Vendanges Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles”, comments Marc Beyer. The Grande Cuvée range (which includes Les Ecaillers Riesling and Comtes d’Eguisheim Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir) comes from their own grapes grown primarily in Grand Cru vineyards, though there’s no mention of Grand Cru on labels – the Beyers (like the Hugels and the Trimbachs) take the view that the excellence of their wines was established long before the introduction of the somewhat devalued Grand Cru designation. Just below these, the Réserve level wines (often wines which have narrowly missed being classifed as Grandes Cuvées) are a good bet and often represent excellent value.

Useful information: Tasting at the domaine by prior appointment only though wines may be tasted in the Beyer shop on Place St Léon in the centre of the village. English spoken.


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