Pierre Sparr

The Alsace region of France is known throughout the world for its lovely, dry white wines. Vineyards were first planted in this narrow valley during the height of the Roman Empire. In the heart of Alsace's finest district, the Haut-Rhin, Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs follows a tradition of winemaking that began during the reign of King Louis XIV. Since the winery's founding in 1680, the Sparr family has passed along its passion for Alsatian vineyards and winemaking from one generation to the next. Their drive for perfection can be seen in the family's devotion to the land, their attention to each vine-growing and winemaking detail, and their uncompromising quest for excellence in every bottle bearing the Sparr family crest.

History of the Winery: Jean Sparr, who founded the Sparr winery in 1680, was born in the Alsace village of Sigolsheim. Over the next 300 years, nine successive generations of the Sparr family have worked the land, maintaining and expanding their estate. When Pierre Sparr took over the winery in the early 1900s at the age of 20, his innate business sense made him one of the pioneers in estate bottling in Alsace. His motto was "invest, progress and maintain" -- a motto that continues to describe the domaine that is named in his honor, "Maison Pierre Sparr Successeurs."

Pierre Sparr lived through World War II in Alsace and witnessed the destruction of his village of Sigolsheim and its surrounding vineyards. With undaunted determination, he rebuilt the family's domaine, which had always been one of the region's most beautiful. His sons, René and Charles, enlarged and replanted the estate's vineyards and expanded trade with European markets and abroad. Today Maison Pierre Sparr owns 15 hectares (37 acres) of vineyards in the heart of Alsace, at Sigolsheim; and it sources fruit from another 150 hectares (370 acres) of vineyards owned by growers who share their philosophy and with whom they have long-term contracts.

There are seven major grape varieties produced in Alsace: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Sylvaner. Maison Pierre Sparr has planted vineyards with each of the major varieties, plus Pinot Auxerrois, which is blended with Pinot Blanc in their Crémant d'Alsace Brut Réserve.

Excellence without Compromise: For the Sparr winery, meticulous care of the vineyards is of paramount importance. Their philosophy is that "the quality of a fine wine already exists in the grape." In other words, the quality of a wine is determined in the vineyard -- by viticulture and especially by the soil. For many years Maison Pierre Sparr has researched the different factors that contribute to the personality and originality of each parcel of its land. In 1996 a procedure was put in place that assures the precise choice of grapes to produce the finest cuvées. Further steps in the vineyards -- avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides, limiting yields, harvesting by hand – give full expression to the individual terroir found in each of its wines. "Excellence without compromise" is the winery's motto, and the Sparr quest for excellence is never-ending.

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Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2016
92  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 92 “This wine’s rose scent might remind you of spring; it’s charming in its spicy intensity, tight and yet continually giving. The pale fruit is mostly about textural richness, which makes this an appealing match for cracked crab.”  Joshua Greene, April 1, 2018   100%
Item Number: 30501
Bottle:$14.95
Case: $179.40
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Pierre Sparr Riesling 2017
This pale yellow Riesling has green reflections. The wine opens with fresh and alluring aromas of citrus and peach. Upon aeration, notes of cherry blossoms appear, framed by mineral character that adds dimension. On the palate, impressions of freshness and elegance dominate this well-balanced wine.
Item Number: 30372
Bottle:$10.95
Case: $131.40
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Pierre Sparr Cremant D'Alsace Brut Rose NV
NY Times 20 Under $20 "The crémants of France are an excellent resource for good values in sparkling wine. The wines, which come from pretty much all over France except Champagne, are made using the same technique as Champagne, in which still wine is refermented in the bottle, trapping carbon
Item Number: 16494
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $101.70
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Pierre Sparr Riesling 2016
100% Riesling  This pale yellow Riesling has green reflections. The wine opens with fresh and alluring aromas of lemon, grapefruit and peach. Upon aeration, notes of sweet cherry blossoms are framed by minerally firestone character. On the palate, impressions of freshness and elegance dominate

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2015
Featuring bright yellow highlights, this wine offers an exuberant aromatic palette of exotic fruits (lychee, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, apricot), flowers (rose, acacia), citrus (orange peel) and spices (gingerbread, cloves and pepper) with a subtle thread of honey.  AOC: Appellation Alsace

Pierre Sparr Riesling 2015
This pale yellow Riesling has green reflections. The wine opens with fresh and alluring aromas of lemon, grapefruit and peach. Upon aeration, notes of sweet cherry blossoms are framed by minerally firestone character. On the palate, impressions of freshness and elegance dominate this well-balanced

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2013
Bright yellow highlights in the glass; the 2013 Gewurztraminer opens slowly with notes of rosewood, licorice and a hint of ivy. With aeration, floral and fruity aromas of acacia and apricot emerge. On the palate this youthful Gewurztraminer shows a juicy sweetness and delicate acidity that will

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2014
The Planet Grape Wine Review 90 "Bold, fruity and slightly. Sweet with notes of pink grapefruit, canned pear, lychee and pink rose." Catherine Fallis, November 14, 2015  "Bright yellow highlights in the glass; the 2014 Gewurztraminer opens slowly with notes of rosewood, licorice and a hint of

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2012
"Bright yellow highlights in the glass; the 2012 Gewurztraminer opens slowly with notes of rosewood and licorice. With aeration, floral acacia combines with fruity apricot aromas. On the palate this youthful Gewurztraminer shows a juicy sweetness and delicate acidity that will become more pronounced

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2011
"Bright yellow highlights in the glass; the 2011 Gewurztraminer opens slowly with notes of rosewood and licorice. With aeration, floral acacia combines with fruity apricot aromas. On the palate this youthful Gewurztraminer shows a juicy sweetness and delicate acidity that will become more pronounced

Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc 2011
"Soft yellow with green reflections in the glass; aromas of farmer’s pears, sweet mountain hay and lemon peel, followed by delicate fruit, coriander and minerals. On the palate, refreshing pear and quince fruit flavors and dynamic acidity are balanced by a whisper of minerality. The

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2011
"Bright yellow highlights in the glass; the 2011 Gewurztraminer opens slowly with notes of rosewood and licorice. With aeration, floral acacia combines with fruity apricot aromas. On the palate this youthful Gewurztraminer shows a juicy sweetness and delicate acidity that will become more pronounced

Pierre Sparr Pinot Blanc Reserve 2010
"An easygoing, thirst-quenching wine which reveals pear, lemon, melon, and a hint of minerals. Concentrated, dry, with a fresh citric acidity which balances all the fruit." ~ Winery notes

Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer Reserve 2010
"Bright yellow with opulent aromas of rosewood orange peel, followed with licorice and oriental aromas. Full body with a touch of minerality and delicate acidity." ~ Winery notes

Pierre Sparr Pinot Gris 2011
"Gleaming golden yellow, this Pinot Gris presents earthy aromas of autumn leaves and ripe grapes on the nose. With some aeration, notes of juicy apricots follow, accompanied by a touch of minerality. On the palate it is soft and minerally with a delicate sweetness-to-acidity ratio, a fancy