Alsace, France

Lambert Spielmann

Red Z’Epfig 2019

£32

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LAMBERT SPEILMANN
Red Z’Epfig 2019
Alsace, France

This is an even blend of Pinot Noir planted over clay and limestone and Pinot Gris planted over clay, fermented together as whole bunches for two weeks and pressed off to a big old cask for nine months of élevage. Delicate and nuanced, with complex notes of red berries, minerals and spice, there is an almost weightless, fragile character to the fruit that we find incredibly compelling.

Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris


ABOUT THE PRODUCER

We first met Lambert Spielmann at his home in the Alsatian village of Saint-Pierre last December. The roads were covered in snow, the temperature well below freezing and we were at the end of a marathon jaunt visiting growers in the Jura, Doubs and Alsace. It was hardly the ideal situation in which to taste but thankfully Lambert is one of the nicest guys we’ve met and his sincerity, passion and strikingly pure, vibrant wines were a breath of fresh air.

Unlike many in the region, Lambert wasn’t born into a family of vignerons and while continuing to work alongside others, he now farms two hectares of vines split over eight parcels and various terroirs in and around the village of Epfig. The vineyards have been certified organic for over twenty years and he tends them by hand, following the biodynamic calendar and principles.

In the cellar, Lambert displays a real lightness of touch. Presses are soft and slow and he macerates the grapes gently, to create infusions. Movement is by gravity and the wines are bottled with no additions.In the cellar, Lambert displays a real lightness of touch. Presses are soft and slow and he macerates the grapes gently, to create infusions. Movement is by gravity and the wines are bottled with no additions.

His wines are perfumed, textured and full of life. An undeniable talent, we are very proud to be sharing his work with you.