Wine, Wine Reviews

Leon Beyer – Alsace

Leon Beyer

This medium-sized Alsatian winery, founded in 1580, is one of oldest, most reputable, and quality oriented in the region. The family owns and manages some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace.

In the massive and impressive cellars, dug deep into the hillside of the small town Eguiseheim beneath the vineyards, are lovingly cared wines that are produced according to traditional and time-honoured methods.

While Beyer’s vineyards are managed according to tradition, winemaking and equipment correspond to the most modern technology to ensure impeccable quality. The winery produces mainly white wines using riesling, pinot blanc, sylvaner, pinot gris, and a pinot noir that is not barrel aged and most appealing.

Recently, Mr. Beyer visited Toronto, and wine writers had an opportunity to taste a selection of his wines, some of which are on the general list of the L. C. B. O. , others in the Classics Catalogue, and some that must be ordered from the agent in Ontario.

RKW Wine Imports, I Yonge Street, Toronto 416 883 3580 or Mark Bruni

Riesling Reserve, 2012
Is a dry, fruity, medium-weight, refined and elegant wine. Recommended with white-fleshed fish and crustaceans in cream sauces.
$ 18.60 in Quebec

Riesling Les Ecailler, 2007
Golden in colour, Aromas of peaches emanate from the glass. In the mouth the wine reveals its ripe fruit flavours. It is smooth with a remarkably long finish. Particularly recommended with oysters on the half shell.
$ 35.50 in Quebec

Riesling Comte d’Eguisheim, 2005
Old gold in colour. Orange and lemon peel aromas show a faint botrytis flavours. Off dry, well balanced, full-bodied, with remarkable depth.
Classics Catalogue in Ontario $ 50.00

Gewurztraminer, 2011
Highly aromatic, displaying tropical fruit aromas. Full-bodied and well structured. Intense, well balanced with a long finish.
Pair with oriental food specialties, or enjoy as an aperitif.
$ 24.55 in Quebec

Gewurztraminer Comtes d’Eguisheim, 2005
Aromas of honey, tangerine, and smoked charcuterie waft out of the glass. In the mouth the wine displays richness, and elegance. An excellent wine to enjoy with a fine torte, or fresh seasonal fruits marinated in Grand Marnier.
Classics Catalogue in Ontario $ 50.00

Pinot Gris, 2011
A classic Alsatian pinot gris. Fruity, balanced, elegant and refined.
$ 19.95 Special import contact agent

Pinot Noir, 2011
Pinot noir is the only red grape allowed in Alsace.
Unlike in Burgundy, Alsatians do not barrel age their pinot noir.
This pinot noir should be served cool (12 – 14 C) to enjoy it at its best. It smells of strawberries, is “juicy”, remarkably refreshing with a pleasant finish.
Pair with roasted quail or squab or duck, or charcuteries
$ 24.55 in Quebec

Gewurztraminer Vendages Tardives, 2004
A fine, well balanced, infinitely intense wine. Grapes harvested late in season and this naturally concentrates the flavour. An excellent wine with a very long and satisfying finish.
$ 49.50 in Quebec

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