Alsace, France

Lambert Spielmann

Mariage Plus Vieux 2021


Mariage Plus Vieux 2021
Alsace, France

This blend of Sylvaner and Gewürztraminer comes from a single northeastern facing parcel of sixty year old vines planted over clay in Obernai. The Gewürztraminer is destemmed and macerates in the juice of the Sylvaner for six months in vats. The nose is thick with citrus and spice, the tannins powdery and a beautiful bitterness to the finish adds real intrigue.

Sylvaner, Gewürtztraminer


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. Today, Lambert farms almost three hectares of vines spread across small parcels and various terroirs in Dambach-la-Ville, Epfig, Northalten, Obernai and Reichsfeld.

Lambert 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 unique 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.