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Les Pucelles – 2016

Patrick makes this dry Gewurztraminer with grapes from 2 different parcels – Zellberg (marne, sandstone) and Fronholz (limestone, clay). Beautiful ripe aromatics and the very recognisable exotics of Gewurztraminer make the palate dry and fresh with a surprising amount of structure. Nothing like the cloying Gewurz that puts so many off this grape.

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Patrick Meyer inherited his vineyards from his mother (his father, Julien, died when he was young) and quickly began to convert them to conventional methods, spraying with pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. He'd been at wine school and been told that that was the way to do it; his mother’s methods were apparently antiquated. Within a few months he saw what he had done. What had been healthy vines with healthy ecosystems began to suffer and become less productive – his wines had less depth too.

It is rare, in this world of natural wine, to meet someone who has worked on the ‘dark side’. Such stigma is attached to it that people keep very quiet about these things. However, it is a vitally important thing to see what conventional farming methods and vinification do to the vines and wines we love; it gives serious perspective. Now Patrick works his vineyards according to Biodynamic principles and produces some of the most expressive wines in Alsace. He is a champion of the lesser-known Sylvaner and shows what potential it has.



Producer: Patrick Meyer

Region: Nothalten - Alsace

Size of vineyard: 9 hectares 

Soil: Sandstone, limestone, granite, schist and gneiss

We enjoyed pairing it with: Innes Log and Highfields



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