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Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve

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Vintage: 2020
Region: Alsace, France
Viticulture: Biodynamic and Organic
Grape Varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner

Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve vividly captures the conviviality and flavors of harvest—of grapes as well as fleshy orchard fruit—and is also a match made in heaven for so much autumnal fare. Blending grand cru Riesling and Pinot Gris, which Jean says he “steals” from his noblest cuvées, as well as Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner, it bears a honeyed lusciousness and enough character and mouth-watering acidity to balance.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Not Natty

FRUIT

Orchard Fruit, Yellow Apple, Yellow Peach

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Electric (High)

ALCOHOL

13-14%

OAK

Neutral Oak, No Oak

SWEETNESS

Fruity & Dry

SERVING TEMP

Chilled Whites and Rosés (48°–52°)

SULFUR

Low Sulfur (less than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Unknown

IMPORTER

Kermit Lynch Imports

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve

Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve is the only blended white in winemaker Jean’s repertoire and is the wine that renders his inimitable touch most accessible. Jean applies the same level of perfectionism and uses exceedingly high-quality grapes, but of his nearly three dozen cuvées, this is the work that most swaps grandeur for boundless charm. It vividly captures the conviviality and flavors of harvest—of grapes as well as fleshy orchard fruit—and is also a match made in heaven for so much autumnal fare. Blending grand cru Riesling and Pinot Gris, which Jean says he “steals” from his noblest cuvées, as well as Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner, it bears a honeyed lusciousness and enough character and mouth-watering acidity to balance.

About Albert Boxler

The small family domaine in France that works traditionally using techniques and savoir-faire passed down across multiple generations is under serious threat today. Consolidation, technology, regulation, foreign investment, globalization, and many other factors (all in the name of progress), threaten the great agricultural tradition of winegrowing in France, arguably the world’s greatest winegrowing culture. Few domaines in France embody this way of life more ably and proudly than Domaine Albert Boxler in Niedermorschwihr. Jean Boxler, many generations removed from his ancestor of the same name that moved here from Switzerland in 1673, currently rules the roost at this humble yet incredibly exciting domaine. Intense and serious about his land, his craft, and his wine, Jean is the genius behind what are certainly some of the finest white wines in Alsace (and the world).

World War II brought Jean’s grandfather Albert back to Niedermorschwihr from Montana, where he was busy enjoying the natural gifts of big sky country. After the war, Albert returned to the family domaine in time to harvest the 1946 crop. He became the first generation to bottle the family’s production himself and commercialize it under a family label. The wine still wears a label drawn by his cousin in 1946. Albert’s son Jean-Marc continued the tradition for several decades until passing the baton to his son Jean in 1996.

The family’s holdings are centered around the ancient village of Niedermorschwihr in the Haut-Rhin, dominated by the imposing granite hillside grand cru, Sommerberg. Jean vinifies micro-parcels within this cru separately, de-classifying some into his Réserve wines and producing multiple bottlings of Sommerberg from the different lieu-dits depending on the vintage. Sommerberg gives racy, intensely structured, very long-lived wines. Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc are the specialties of the domaine, while Boxler also produces one of Alsace’s best Crémants (and Edelzwickers), an incredible Gewurztraminer grown in limestone, and some of the most hauntingly pure Vendanges Tardives and SGNs in all of Alsace. If that weren’t enough, the Boxlers also own land in the powerful grand cru Brand, the ultimate counterpart to their holdings in Sommerberg.

The Sommerberg hillside terminates in Jean’s driveway, making it easy to basically live in the vineyards, ensuring exceptionally healthy fruit year after year. After harvest, the wines are vinified and aged in old foudres in a small cellar underneath the family home until bottling. Not much has changed over the centuries; not much has needed to. Tasting through the entire range of Boxler’s wines is ample proof of the fact that Alsace, along with Burgundy, is the source of the world’s most complex, exciting white wines, and will probably always be.