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Alsace Willm 'Gaensbroennel' Gewurztraminer Grand Cru 2013
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Alsace Willm 'Gaensbroennel' Gewurztraminer Grand Cru 2013

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Wine Enthusiast 93
Orange marmalade and apricot compote are the two chief and highly aromatic notions on the nose. They also appear on the palate with a wonderfully zesty sweetness. There is lovely tension here, alongside a slight but lovely phenolic grip. This already is five-years-old but only just beginning to develop. Lovely now but sure to continue evolving with its medium-sweet and lasting finish. Drink now through 2028.

Food pairing
Foie gras, Indian Curries, crawfish, spicy food ... read more
Item ID: #28884
Shelf at store62e
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Enthusiast 93
Orange marmalade and apricot compote are the two chief and highly aromatic notions on the nose. They also appear on the palate with a wonderfully zesty sweetness. There is lovely tension here, alongside a slight but lovely phenolic grip. This already is five-years-old but only just beginning to develop. Lovely now but sure to continue evolving with its medium-sweet and lasting finish. Drink now through 2028.

Food pairing
Foie gras, Indian Curries, crawfish, spicy food (the sweetness ease the spice), chinese food, strong cheeses like blue cheese, warm apple tart "tatin" and vanilla ice-cream, exotic fruit salads, dark chocolate desserts.

Tasting notes
Pale yellow with yellow gold sparkles
Complex and intense nose, floral and spicy at the same time.
It has weight as well as sweetness, but it’s the potential and ageability that is so impressive. Spice and gingerbread notes, as well as fine acidity, lend complexity to the honeyed, yellow fruits.

Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr
Specific terroir, south-east sun exposure with a soil of marl and limestone. The vines are on slopes, high up (260metres). This amazing terroir gives the wine refine minerality and complexity Clos gaensbroennel :
emblem of the goose fountain, the plot has been one of the historical cuvée of Willm since the 30's. Specific plot on the botton of the vines, separated from the others because of its exceptional soil. When it's raining, the minerals are falling and concentrate on the bottom and give more flavors and minerality to the wine. Between 10 and 20 years ageing potential.

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OUR STORY.
Founded on a passion for winemaking and a commitment to excellence, the Maison Willm has been satisfying epicurean palates for over 120 years with its refined and unique wines.

Known for their complex fruit and authenticity, these wines are the product of years of hands-on experience and know-how passed down from generation to generation.

The story begins in the small town of Barr in 1896, in the heart of the famous Clos Gaensbrœnnel. Situated at the base of the majestic Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr, the region benefits from a dry and sunny microclimate with clay and limestone soils, which together give the terroir its exceptional quality.

A unique terroir.

At the base of the majestic Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr, the Willm family founded the Willm wine estate. This winery is characterized by a unique terroir and diverse landscapes, the embodiment of an exceptional wine region. The terroir enjoys a dry, sunny micro-climate with primarily granite and clay-limestone soils, bringing freshness, precision and finesse to the wines. Due to the sloping nature of the grounds, however, exploitation of this land presented a great challenge.

Resident Adolphe Willm was taken by this quality, and had a deep fascination for working the terroir. Initially pursuing multiple careers as both restaurant owner and winegrower, his passion for this terroir quickly drove him to a single devotion: he embraced the challenge of exploiting this terroir as a full-time winegrower, giving birth to the Maison Willm. These three hectares of vines produce one of the world's best Gewurztraminers: the exceptional Clos Gaensbrœnnel.

Refined wines, quickly exported

These dry, mineral wines were particularly well-received by Anglo-Saxons. In the 1930s, Willm began internationalizing his wines. They were among the first Alsace wines to be exported to the United States at the end of the Prohibition Era, served on the famous transatlantic liner, France.

Legend has it that bottles of the voluptuous Clos Gaensbroennel could be found in Al Capone's wine cellars in 1939!


Vision & Ambitions

Then ...

Before the Maison Willm was known for its wines, it was primarily renowned for its escargots à l'Alsacienne. This old recipe, which consisted of cooking the snail in a broth of spices and white wine, was one of the Maison's first successful businesses. Adolphe Willm wanted to focus on the association of gastronomy and winemaking before devoting himself uniquely to the latter. The success of the Willm wines quickly expanded beyond the borders of the Alsace region, making it one of the first Alsatian wines sold in the US and Canada.

Now...and tomorrow...

Since its official foundation under the name "Alsace Willm," the Maison Willm has become world-renowned. In Japan, in Taiwan, from Italy to Canada and the US, these wines have earned a reputation worldwide as both refined and accessible, and are known to pair seamlessly with a diverse array of foods.

Along with our ambition to become the leading brand in Alsatian wines, our historical know-how and our unique terroir are seen as major attributes for emerging markets. Today heirs of the Maison Willm, our 6 winegrowers immortalize this know-how in the respect for the traditions and for the nature.

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