This ancient family firm has become a dependable source for some heart-warmingly traditional examples of Alsace wines. They are full-flavored, varietally distinct and properly dry. They offer a price-quality ratio that is hard to beat.
We have admired Boeckel’s Crémants for a while but were finally moved to action by this remarkable example. There is a certain irony to the fact that Chardonnay is essentially banned in Alsace, except for use in Crémant – as if to thumb a nose at Champagne. Or perhaps, to be less cynical, because it is capable of such a remarkable wine as this. Fermented in foudres, and kept on the lees for a minumum of 24 months, there is a scallopy, marine quality to it that really is evocative of the Côte des Blancs, while the mere 3 grammes of dosage escapes the snare of austerity while not compromising the bracingly pure expression that Jean-Daniel Boeckel was seeking. More for food than an apéritif and truly top class. ~WineWise
This lieu-dit was the first sold by Boeckel in the 19th century and holds a special place in their pantheon. Its highly complex soils on a sandy base give rise to a hauntingly-scented wine with a finesse suggestive of a Grand Cru (as with their fondly-remembered Clos Eugénie). Quite exceptional in this vintage. ~WineWise
Delicious is the only word that comes to mind when drinking this wine, with all the uncomplicated pleasure that that implies. Dry, but not too dry, bursting with berried Pinot charm and dangerously easy to drink.
Absolutely classic, unflamboyant Gewurztraminer nose leading to a beautifully judged palate with just the right lick of sweetness and a hint of redeeming bitterness in the tail.
Amazingly good entry-level dry Riesling. Beautifully scented, substantial, clear, juicy and delicious, at an insanely low price. Country Riesling in its Sunday best.
Mittelbergheim is famous for Sylvaner. Indeed, its celebrated Zotzenberg is the only Alsatian vineyard accorded Grand Cru status for this Cinderella grape. This cuvée comes from Boeckel’s large holdings in that cru and its surroundings and displays not just the charm and freshness one expects but unexpected hints of power and gravitas, too.