by Philippe Bidaine
Several years ago, the Alsace Interprofessional Wine Council in cooperation with Sopexa organised a major campaign to promote its products, focusing on how well Alsace wines go with South-East Asian cuisine. Even before that, however, the Blue Elephant Thai restaurant chain present in Paris, London, Brussels, Moscow, Bahrain, Bangkok and many other capitals had already asked Josmeyer to make its Royal Thai Cuvée, a wine that is particularly well adapted to the perfume and spices of the cuisine of the former Kingdom of Siam.
This choice was not one made by chance; the company's products meet quite unusual criteria.
Located in Wintzenheim, a winegrowing area close to Colmar, the domain has an exceptional microclimate and some of the lowest rainfall in France. 28 hectares are planted with 28% Riesling, 24% Pinot Blanc &
Auxerrois, 21% Pinot Gris, 19% Gewurztraminer and 10% Sylvaner, Muscat & Pinot Noir, and the vineyard has always benefited from sustainable, environmentally-friendly winegrowing techniques.
At the end of the 1990s, with a view to improving excellence and spurred on by his son-in-law Christophe Ehrhart, Jean Meyer, the fourth generation to run the domain, accepted to have the vineyard switch over to organic and biodynamic methods. Since 2004, all wines have been certified with the AB organic logo.
For Jean Meyer, "this other, more demanding and more expensive alternative to conventional winegrowing enables a greater symbiosis between the skies, earth, plant and man. This close relationship between these four elements gives us a noble grape that itself will provide a dense and balanced wine with a unique personality..."
It is true that after tasting, among many others, cuvées such as Folastries (without doubt one of the most balanced Gewurztraminers available), Hengst Riesling Grand Cru Vendange Tardive (sublime), or the very subtle, beautiful Riesling Clos du Dragon, we can but agree with what definitely remains one of the major producers in Alsace.
With an undeniable mastery of production, associated with a ferocious desire to respect nature and the environment, the company also promotes the arts by asking artists to design the label for each vintage, making each bottle a real work of art.
Finally, in its most recent edition in May 2009, the famous Decanter magazine gave its "best wine in the old world" title to "H" Pinot Auxerrois Vieilles Vignes 2005 produced by Josmeyer.
Josmeyer et Fils
76 rue Clémenceau
Tel: 33 (0) 3 89 27 91 90
Fax: 33 (0) 3 89 27 91 99