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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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For some wine drinkers, Riesling is acceptable only in its French form, a wine from alsace, the only part of France where this German vine is officially allowed—a cause of some frustration with the strictures of inao. Alsace’s plantings of the variety wine producers there view as their most noble have slowly increased, passed the 3,000-ha mark in the late 1980s, and were almost 3,500 ha in 2011. What is needed to produce Alsace Riesling of real class is, as in Germany, a favoured site of real interest such as many of Alsace’s famous grands crus vineyards.