January CruBox: New Year, Old World
It may be a new year, but we’re coming in hot with wines from one of Europe’s oldest wine regions: Alsace.
This month, we have a wonderful selection of Alsatian wines from Neal Rosenthal’s superb growers – Domaine Bechtold and Domaine Schoech. Bechtold’s Cremant d’Alsace is a fantastic aperitif, showing bright, citrus fruit supported by an earthy core of depth to the wine. Schoech’s ‘Cotes d’Ammerschwihr is a delightful blend of Pinot Blanc and Muscat, and offers an elegant, fresh and delicious introduction to Alsatian wine. Maurice Schoech’s Riesling Sonnenberg, a lieu-dit vineyard of solid granite, this dry Riesling shows the power and identity of the magic of Alsace beautifully. Finally, Domaine Bechtold offers up a 2012 Grand Cru Engelberg Pinot Gris, a complex and stunning wine that playfully interweaves Pinot Gris’ off-dry power with the limestone minerality of the Grand Cru Engelberg.
It’s a new year, but there’s still a lot of old world left to explore!
2018 Domaine Bechtold Crémant d’Alsace (AOC Crémant d’Alsace)
2020 Schoech Côtes d’Ammerschwihr (AOC Alsace)
2019 Schoech Riesling Sonnenberg (AOC Alsace)
2012 Bechtold Pinot Gris Grand Cru Engelberg (AOC Alsace Grand Cru)