The Grands Crus
of Alsace were delimited in a process that began in the early 1960s and continues to this day. The first official delimitation was in 1983 (25 crus) with another 23 recognized in 1985, and another three in 1990. The most recent modifications to Alsatian Grand Crus
were released in 2001.
Although these crus
are defined by the INAO, this designation is not universally used, even when authorized, by all producers. Many producers do not agree with these divisions because they think that too many Grand Crus
have been designated which has diluted the quality normally associated with the term Grand Cru
Others producers rely on proprietary names that are more well-known in the market than the recently created Alsace Grands Crus
. This is the case with the Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune, for example, which is technically part of the Rosacker Grand Cru
The Bas Rhin is the northernmost section of Alsace. Notable sites include Kirchberg de Barr, Kastelberg and Wiebelsberg. Many of the finest vineyards are located in the center of the region, outside of Bergheim. The Altenberg vineyard produces concentrated Gewürztraminer and Riesling. Osterberg Grand Cru
, near Ribeauville, is another top site, as are Rosacker and Windsbuhl, which are near Hunawihr. Outside of Riquewihr, the Schoenenbourg vineyard is known for its Riesling. South of Colmar, the top sites include Hengst near Wintzenheim, Eguisheim, Pfaffenheim, and Rangen near Thann.
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