Klevener de Heiligenstein

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Klevener de Heiligenstein is an alsace oddity, a vine speciality of the village of Heiligenstein in the Bas-Rhin introduced in 1740 by its mayor Erhard Wantz, possibly from Chiavenna in the Italian alps. It is a locally adapted savagnin rose, occasionally known as Clevner de Heiligenstein, grown within five neighbouring communes of Heiligenstein to produce a dry wine, less scented than Gewurztraminer, with less alcohol and a little more acidity. In good vintages it can age well. In 2011 it was recognized as an appellation communale of Alsace. See also german history.