Nicholas Pearce Wines profiles a family producer from Alsace, Muré.
About the Winery:
In the mid 17th century, the Muré family established itself as winemakers in Westhalten in southern Alsace and the tradition has continued for 18 generations.
In 1935, Alfred Muré extended the property with the addition of the 12-hectare (25-acre) wholly owned Clos Saint Landelin, foreseeing already its potential for exceptional quality. He replanted the terraces, ideally situated with their sunny exposure and shelter from the rain.
Nowadays it is Alfred’s grandson René, together with his children Véronique and Thomas, the 11th and 12th generations of the family, who are responsible for running this exceptional, wholly-owned vineyard and its neighbouring terroirs, using biodynamic methods. The estate is 25 hectares (62 acres), within 12 hectares (25 acres) represent the Clos St. Landelin.
About the Region
Currently a French territory after coming under German rule twice during the wars the Alsatians tend to think of themselves as being from Alsace first. Their language, culture and wines are all somewhat removed from the rest of the world.
The terroir of Alsace is a geologist’s and a winemaker’s dream. Experts say if you walk 100 feet in any direction, you’ll find a different soil composition, making Alsace a complex mosaic unlike any other wine region.
With 13 distinct types of terroir the wines of Alsace offer enormous variety of taste profiles and characteristics. Producers are able to harmonize their winemaking styles and traditions with their own plots, so that each grape variety and each wine is truly an individual-and pure-expression of Alsace. Here, minerality and freshness aren’t just concepts, they are the story of the wines.
A prime location and abundant sunshine are partners to the soil, a mineral-rich blend of granite, limestone, schist and sandstone. It’s a winning combination that enables the steady ripening of the grapes, resulting in wines that are admired for their structure, complex aromas and flavors.
(Borrowed from our friends at Wines of Alsace.)
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