ALSACE, FRANCE 2020
Folks, these are some flat-out stunning deals: four wines from Domaine Weinbach, one of the star estates not just in Alsace but in all of France, and three of them in the neighborhood of $30 a bottle.
And all evincing the care, conscientiousness, and craftsmanship that has long distinguished this great house — from the organic and biodynamic farming of the sandy, silty, rocky soil to the unwavering commitment to yield reduction to the devotion to whole-cluster pressing and use of indigenous yeasts to the unhurried aging that is carried out in huge oak foudres.
These are wines of extraordinary character and elegance, with unparalleled and gorgeous aromatics, and vintage after vintage we remain astonished that Domaine Weinbach can continue to produce with such exactitude and soul while keeping prices so incredibly low.
To speak of extraordinary character, you could say that it is woven into the Weinbach story — as vital to the telling as the terroir that speaks through these wines.
Situated at the foot of the famous Schlossberg hill in Alsace, the domaine was first established, in 1612, as a Capuchins monastery, and was later taken over by the state with the onset of the French Revolution. At the end of the 19th century, the Faller family purchased the original 5 hectares, and to this day owns and operates the estate, which has now been expanded to 30 hectares, and is involved in all aspects of winemaking. The Fallers' extraordinary success has been the envy of many, but it has not come without profound loss. Within the past decade, owner Catherine Faller buried her sister Laurence, and, a year later, her mother Colette. The two women provided more than family support; they were vitally important to the running of the business, and were admired and respected throughout Alsace. The losses, wrenching as they are, have not stopped Catherine. They have certainly not diminished her love of wine, or of the industry. In fact, she has worked hard to expand the global reach of the estate, showing an extraordinary vision and business acumen, and is today widely recognized as one of the most significant women in the world of French wine.
It's an inspiring story, and even more when you spend some time in the company of these memorable, pleasurable wines.
A final point of emphasis, if I may: Not all whites are suited to cellaring, but these are, and will reward you patience many times over. They're also ready to drink right now, and you could hardly find more perfect partners for fish and seafood, risottos, and light, fresh salads.
We are fortunate to have acquired a modest allocation of each, but, with warmer weather upon us, we don't expect them to last for long, so act now to secure yours!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2022. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in KY, MI, MN, NV, NY or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, June 23, 2022.