Alsace isn't just about the grand crus - there are also plenty of delicious wines under £20 that deserve a spot in your wine rack. Here's a few to get you started.
The unique history of Alsace, to-ing and fro-ing between German and French control, has left its legacy. It’s a French region with a uniquely Teutonic feel – even the wine bottles share the distinct shape of their German cousins across the Rhine.
More than 90% of wines produced in Alsace are white, ranging from lean, mineral Riesling to perfumed, exotic Gewürztraminer. Decanter’s Jane Anson believes that Alsace should be a natural homeland for terroir-driven white wines in France.
Here are some of our top recommendations for everyday wines that won’t break the bank.
Delicious Alsace white wines under £20 :
This blend of Chardonnay and Auxerrois grapes grown in the famed Clos Windsbuhl vineyard sits outside of appellation regulations, which doesn't allow Chardonnay in still AOC Alsace wines. It is thus labelled as lowly Vin de France, but don't let that fool you! The oaky, spicy nose is reminiscent of…
Perhaps most representative of Trimbach's house style, this Riesling is wonderfully dry and crisp, with green apple and citrus flavours swiftly followed by a wave of acidity. Mineral notes mingle with just a hint of stone fruit and tropical fruit on the mid-palate, leading into a long, slightly spicy finish.…
This wine has a glorious nose of lychee, rosewater and stone fruit. Incredibly aromatic and intense, the palate follows the nose, with a touch of sweetness balanced by the fresh acidity typical of the region. What a great wine for the money!
One of the largest organic producers in Alsace, Jean Biecher is also one of the oldest having been founded in 1776. This Pinot Blanc has a beeswax and baked apple nose. A typically rounded mouthfeel has some residual sugar sweetness balanced by bright acidity, with flavours of baked apple and…
Behind this unpromising label you will find a rather delicious wine. Floral aromas give way to ripe peach and pear fruit, along with a bready note and a long, tangy finish in this attractive French fizz.