The Alsace domaine of Josmeyer dates back to 1854, when Aloyse Meyer set himself up as a négociant to supply restaurants. His grandson Hubert added part of his father’s name to create the company name, Josmeyer. Though technically still a négociant, practically everything that Josmeyer produces come from the estate’s 31 hectares which are located between the towns of Turkheim and Wintzenheim near Colmar. Each generation has left its mark here. Hubert, who died in 2005, created the export market. His son Jean further raised quality levels. He more or less abandoned the négociant side and then with the help of Christophe Ehrhart, head of viticulture and managing director, switched the whole estate to biodynamic farming. Jean, who has since taken a back seat, has two quite extraordinary daughters. Céline is in charge of the books. Her sister Isabelle is in charge of the cellar, makes the wine and does the blending and also shadows Christophe in the vineyards. Both daughters are artistically gifted and helped their father design the look of the ranges. Jean is an outstanding cook, as is his wife, Odile, and gastronomy is always present at any discussion and when creating their cuvées. From the beginning, Josmeyer has been identified with the vineyards of Brand and Hengst, now among Alsace’s top grands crus. The Hengst produces fine full flavoured riesling and gewurztraminer, while from the Brand there is also pinot gris which is invariably bone dry and among the best in Alsace. A curiosity of the house is a cuvée of old-vine auxerrois from the Hengst. Generally the wines are dry in style. Riesling has pride of place and produces the greatest number of cuvées.
This rare cuveé is only produced in exceptional years. Aromas of fresh and dried apricot and peach skin. An off dry version of a vendange tardive with a tight balance, with flavours of crystallised lemon peel and confectioner’s sugar. Highly aromatic and fine on the very long finish.