Laurent Barth Vin d'Alsace "Racines Métisses" 2011

This is the producer that made us take on a new distributor. It's not everyday that we say to ourselves that we're willing to add another character to the long list of characters that we meet with to taste wine. Yet, our first Barth wine made our mind up. How could we pass on this delicious wine? He not only makes muscat, but riesling, pinot gris, and gewurztraminer. Wow! He's not only organic, but has almost the lowest yields of anyone in Alsace! Double wow!

We love the labels, the thought and the wine. Laurent impresses us on so many levels. With spring approaching and all those lovely smells of Crocuses, Narcissus and Hyacinth it got us thinking about riesling, sylvaner and pinot blanc. No one expresses them quite like Laurent Barth.

So! Without further ado we bring you the beautiful cuvée Racines Métisses from Barth. It is a blend of the afore mentioned riesling, sylvaner and pinot blanc. All hand harvested, all organic viticulture. The nose is filled with the wild smells of honey and citrus. The palate is filled with fresh apple flavors, racy acidity and persistent length. It's just waiting for some cheese and salume.

Barth Vin d'Alsace "Racines Métisses" 2011      $17/btl

meet the winemaker

Laurent Barth
Laurent took over his father’s estate in 1999 and for five years brought his grapes to the local cooperative, as his contract required. 2004 was the first vintage he made and sold his wines. Before coming home, Laurent had spent several years as a travelling winemaker around the world, in Lebanon at Château Kefraya in the Beeka plain, in South Africa at Bergkelder in the Stellenbosch vineyard area, in California at Porter Creek in Sonoma, in India at Champagne India in Maharashtra, and finally in Australia at Delatite Winery in Central Victoria.

He now tends 3.5 hectares in the village of Bennwihr planted with the seven traditional Alsatian varietals, on 27 different plots. The soils go from very heavy clay and marl to super light alluvial soil of sand and pebbles. In the vineyard organic and biodynamic regimens are practiced. The vineyards are plowed one row out of two, on the second one natural grass is left to grow, alternating each year. Treatments are sulfur, copper, magnesium, calcium and algae, rich in oligo-elements, used in solutions to spray the foliage. Organic compost is used in the fall according to the soils’ needs.