The Grands Crus

The Appellation Grand Cru represents exceptional terroirs, which give to the wine a stronger and more specific authenticity.
It is granted to a wine that conforms to different quality standards: strict demarcation, a more reduce yield, a minimal natural richness, specific rules to work the vine and approval in a blind tasting.

Fifty-one Grand Cru terroirs are demarcated in Alsace, with annual production represents 45 000hl.
That is approximately 4% of the total Alsatian wine production.
On the label we must put the vintage, the name of the Grand Cru and the grape variety.
But just 4 grape varieties are accepted for Grand Cru: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat.

The Grand Cru Ollwiller

Ollwiller is one of the jewels of Alsatian wines. It is the name of a Grand Cru vineyard located in the village of Wuenheim where we also find the Ollwiller Estate..
It stretches from the “wine-road” back to the foot of the Vieil Armand mountain, covering about 19 hectares of vineyards. In addition it is sheltered from the wind and is in the rain-shadow of the Hartmannswillerkpof. As a consequence The Grand Cru Ollwiller has a dry climate with 450mm per year and is one of the dryer wine regions of France.
The hillsides are situated at south-east with a lot of sun on an altitude of 260-320m.
The composition of the soil is mainly sandy which promotes Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris. It produces some fine wines with a great elegance; the wines are most expressive after 2 and 3 years.
The Ollwiller Grand Cru terroir had been recognized since the first Grand Crus were demarcated in 1983.

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The Grand Cru Spiegel

The Grand Cru Spiegel is located between the village of Bergholtz and the city of Guebwiller.
La Cave du Vieil Armand vinifies 45.22 ares.
The name Spiegel means mirror. It may be called this because the Grand Cru seams to pick up the light of the sun and reflects it back into the vineyard during the days.
It has oriented on a slope between 260 and 315m.
The Gewurztraminer from this vineyard is normally dry and occasionally sweet in some years, and is powerfully aromatic on the nose with flowers and spicy aromas that contribute to make a harmonious whole.
This rich soil here was first discovered and exploited by Scottish Monks during the VIIIè siècle at the monastery in Murbach. It was probably the monks here who gave their advice to the local farmers in the region and encouraged them to plant vineyards, and which in turn lead to the prosperity of the monastery.

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The Grand Cru Zinnkoepfle

The Grand Cru is located on the village of Soultzmatt and Westhalten. According to local history books records of the first vines being planted were first recorded in these two villages at the XI century. This Grand Cru was famous as being gift from “King Dagobert” to the bishop of Strasbourg.
La Cave du Vieil Armand vinifies 20.64a. The slopes are very steep and difficult, planted at 430m altitude with a south-east aspect.
Zinnkoepfle is protected by two famous mountains in Alsace, the “Grand ballon” and the “Petit Ballon” which creates a dry and almost Mediterranean climate.
With over a thousand years of wine history there is a rich tradition. These are wines which are pleasant to drink during their youth but can be kept for more than 50 years.

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