Alsace, France

Lambert Spielmann

Mariage Plus Vieux 2019

£31

LAMBERT SPIELMANN
Mariage Plus Vieux 2019
Alsace, France

This blend of Sylvaner and Gewurztraminer comes from a parcel of sixty year old vines planted over clay. The Gewurztraminer is destemmed and macerates in the juice of the Sylvaner for seven months in vats. Perfumed and intense, the nose is thick with spice. The tannins are fine and a beautiful bitterness to the finish adds real intrigue.

Sylvaner, Gewurtztraminer


ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Unlike many in Alsace, Lambert Spielmann wasn’t born into a family of vignerons and has very much done things the hard way.

After spending much of his twenties travelling, playing in bands and looking after others in the social sector, he fell in love with wine in the Loire, before returning to the region he calls home to explore his love of wine.

Today, Lambert farms almost three hectares of vines spread across small parcels and various terroirs in Dambach-la-Ville, Epfig, Northalten, Obernai and Reichsfeld. He favours remote parcels surrounded by nature and his are amongst the most vibrant we’ve visited in the region. He tends them by hand, following the biodynamic calendar and principles but applying them as he sees fit. Recently Lambert has begun planting more trees amongst the vines, to offer shade, diversity and fruit from which he hopes to make cider.

Lambert makes his wines in a makeshift cellar underneath his home and from these humble surroundings he displays a real touch. Pressing is done softly and slowly with an old vertical press and grapes are macerated gently, to create infusions. Movement is by gravity and the wines are bottled unfiltered with no additions.

Lambert’s wines are strikingly pure, textured and perfumed and even in a region as storied as Alsace, they stand out as being thrillingly unique.