About the Wine
In the French wine region of Alsace, in the northeast of the country, there are 7 grape varieties that are permitted in AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin, relating to wine produced in a specific region and to a certain quality level). Those grape varieites are: Pinot Blanc; Gewurztraminer; Muscat; Pinot Gris; Pinot Auxerrois; Pinot Noir; and Riesling.
The "7 Grains" in the name of this Domaine Barmes-Buecher wine refers not only to the 7 grape varieites permitted in AOC wines of the region, but also to the blend of 7 grapes in the wine. The resulting wine has aromatic intensity, a full body, and lovely, persistent flavours. Buy some to drink now and some to drink later.
About Domaine Barmes-Buecher
Domaine Barmes-Buecher was established in 1985 by Francois Barmes and his wife Genevieve (née Buecher), after combining parcels of land owned by their respective families in the village of Wettolsheim, not far from the German border. From the start, the 17 hectares were farmed biodynamically, with the varieites of Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sylvaner, Gewurztraminer, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Auxerrois.
In 2011, Francois died tragically, so siblings Sophie and Maxime stepped up to help out their mother, with Maxime overseeing the winemaking, while all take a very hands-on approach in the vineyard to keep producing excellent fruit and make distinctive wines. Of the seven vineyards, 3 are designated as Grand Crus.