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Alsace Grand Cru wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Alsace Grand Cru is a wine appellation in the Alsace region of France. The appellation was created in 1983 amid some controversy about the approach. Over fifty vineyards producing Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer or Muscat (also known as Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains) can use this appellation on their labels, but some of the finest producers of the region choose not to do so.
There is an exception for the Zotzenberg and Kaefferkopf Grand Crus where the use of the Muscat grape is forbidden.
The Alsace Grand Cru is the overriding appellation.
There is then an extra layer called a 'denomination' below the Grand Cru level which is different for each area within the appellation. Thus there is the appellation of Alsace Grand Cru. Below this there are dozens of denominations such as Altenberg de Wolxheim, Bruderthal, Eichberg, Florimont, Geisberg, Frankstein and Rosacker to name but a few. And, of course, on the label, for each of the denominations there is also the grape variety to add as well.
Thus a label might display Alsace Grand Cru Rosacker Muscat or Alsace Grand Cru Rosacker Riesling or Alsace Grand Cru Pinot Gris or many more for each grape variety and style such as Vendages Tardives (which means late picked giving rise to a sweeter style of wine).
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