Alsace wine lovers, here is a tasting not to be missed at TERROIRS on Saturday 10th March from 10.30 to 18.00.

We are thrilled to welcome for the first time in Ireland, winemaker extraordinaire, Agathe Bursin who hails from the village of Westhalten near Colmar.

A third of Agathe Bursin’s vineyard is situated in the Grand Cru Zinnkoepflé and the remaining around the village of Westhalten (Lutzentahl, Distelberg, Bollenberg et Pfingstberg), mostly on calcareous soil. This area of France is known for its micro-climate which is Mediterranean-like. 

Agathe Bursin’s meticulous attention to details is the defining characteristic of both the viticulture and the vinification. All aspects of the work in the vineyard is done by hand with love (as well as the harvest). She has a profound respect for the land, the terroir and her vines which she nurtures along the lines of biodynamy. She likes her vineyard to be permanently in ‘good health’ and uses herbal teas as remedies. She believes in the principle of organic and biodynamic viticulture but is not interested in certification.

Agathe is always looking to produce wine with purity, elegance, complexity and precision. Her production is microscopic. In fact her cellar is often compared to a ‘doll’s house’. We call her the little ‘Alsatian fairy’. Agathe Bursin is undoubtedly skilful and the reputation of her domaine far exceeds the scale of its operation.

Wines on Tasting:

‘As de B’ 2016 (Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Riesling, Gewurztraminer)

Pinot Blanc ‘Parad’Aux’ 2016

Riesling ‘Dirstelberg’ 2016

Riesling Grand Cru ‘Zinnkoepflé’ 2016

Gewurztraminer ‘Dirstelberg’ 2016

Pinot Noir ‘Strangenberg’ 2015

Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Zinnkoepflé Vendanges Tardives 2015