Introduction to French Wine In Alsace From Charles Frey - Practicing biodynamics wine with great pleasure since 2001
Introduction to French Wine In Alsace From Charles Frey - Practicing biodynamics wine with great pleasure since 2001
Oct 15, 2020

Frey family domain is spread on 13 ha of vineyard across 3 municipalities ( Dambach la Ville, Scherwiller et Châtenois).

Their ancestors came from Switzerland and settled in Dambach la Ville on the 17th century, using polyculture just like many Alsatian families of that era. Charles and his father Joseph Frey started selling bottled wines.

Nathalie and Dominique set a new business impulse in the Charles and Dominique Frey domain by exporting for the first time to other European countries, to Japan, Canada, and the USA. In 1997, decided to switch to organic wine growing under Ecocert control.

Since 2001, they practice biodynamic agriculture successfully. Strive to convey to the wine the energy and life that provide to the grapes so that the wine is the most palatable and alive possible. Biodynamic agriculture is first and foremost taking care of the soil. Must guarantee its balance and craft harmonic relationships between the soil, the plant and the environment.

 

Maison Charles Frey Muscat Fruite Croquant Blanc 2018

A semi-dry wine, bent on the inimitable fresh fruit of Muscat, moving towards menthol notes, and which brings an outstanding freshness on the finish.

The palate showcases citrus zestiness alongside lively freshness, pithy grip and more floral notes. The finish is appetizing and wonderfully dry.

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

Age of the vine: 8 years

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with asparagus, fresh goat cheese, and fresh fruits desserts. Can be perfectly enjoyed as a pre-dinner drink or at receptions.

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Maison Charles Frey Pinot Gris Symbiose Blanc 2018

The expressive nose on candied fruity notes, cinnamon, nutmeg spice with a smoky side typical of the grape variety. Balancing with a melted sweetness and a length all in power.

Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc

Age of the vine: 18 years

Ageing potential: Can be kept 15 years

Culinary Recommendation: To serve at 12 C. Good match with roasts, bushmeats, white and smoked meats, Baeckeofe and Flammekueche.

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Maison Charles Frey Collines de Granit Gewürztraminer Blanc

The variety is cultivated all over the world, but the best examples tend to come from Alsace: these are full-bodied wines with a golden colour. Semi-dry, round and delicate, this wine brings to light a great aromatic power while developing a strong fruit and flower character around an explosive bouquet of aromas: lychees, mango, rose.

Age of the vine: 15 years

Ageing potential: Can be kept 10 years.

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with exotic dishes and with full-bodied cheeses platters and fruit-based desserts.

Awards: 
87/100 Wine Enthusiast, 2015
90/100 Wine Enthusiast, 2016

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Maison Charles Frey Lieu Dit Frauenberg "Vin Nature" Blanc 2017

A dry wine made of 3 grape varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner from Frauenberg, a locality situated in our Grand Cru Frankstein, not-claimed because of Sylvaner.

This original cuvée is raised on fine lees partly in demi-muid for 9 months with no added sulphite natural wine.

This wine is ideal as an aperitif, and during a meal where the use of dry white wine is a must, with the most various dishes white meats, fishes, cheeses, salads, charcuterie.

Freshness, purity and minerality with a nice roundness, this wine is quite versatile and will happily accompany white meat, fish, cheese, salad and cold meats.

Age of the vine: 10 years

Ageing potential: Can be kept 10 years.

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 12-14 C. Good match with white meat, fish, cheese, salad and cold meats.

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Maison Charles Frey Riesling Grand Cru Frankstein Blanc 2016

Bright and relatively pale colour. Floral nose opening after a few moments towards notes of rose petals.

The attack on the palate is powerful and round, revealing beautiful exotic nuances. The finish is long, round and fat, leaving a strong sensuality on the palate. This wine will go perfectly with exotic cuisines or full-bodied cheeses: Munster, Bleu.

Age of the vine: 25 years

Ageing potential: Can be kept 15 years

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 12-14 C. Good match with most delicate dishes, has no equivalent when combined with fishes, shellfishes, seafood and of course sauerkraut

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Maison Charles Frey Pinot Gris Grand Cru Frankstein Vendanges Tardives Blanc 2015

An intense and complex nose, that comes with citrus notes, honey, ripe fruits such as quince, peach and mango. Full, generous on a good balance, the mouth is prolonged with excellent persistence, in a very charming style. The ripe fruits aromas enliven an astonishing last note of freshness. 

Age of the vine: 25 years

Ageing potential: 15 years

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with fois gras (perfect match!) and at dessert with pies or fruits salads.

Awards: 
93 points – Wine Enthusiast

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Maison Charles Frey Pinot Noir Harmonie 2017

A red ruby wine, with a supple structure and typical red flesh fruits aromas such as cherry. The final is fruity and lingering. This Pinot Noir unveils its originality when it is matched with red meats, charcuterie, bushmeats, roasts, grilled meats and of course cheeses and tomato-based dishes (Osso Bucco, spaghetti bolognese…).

Age of the vine: 15 years

Ageing potential: 15 years

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with red meats, charcuterie, bushmeats, roasts, grilled meats and of course cheeses and tomato-based dishes (Osso Bucco, spaghetti bolognese…).

Award
89/100 Wine Enthusiast, 2016

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Maison Charles Frey Quintessence Pinot Noir 2016

Dark coloured with purplish highlights testifying of a beautiful ripeness. It reveals black fruits and spices aromas that develop on the palate in a majestic manner around grilled and lightly toasted flavours. Its structure is rich and tannic, with an incredible length on the finish. Floral nose opening after a few moments towards rose petals notes. The attack is powerful and round, revealing beautiful exotic shades. Its finish is long-lasting with a roundness and fatness that leaves an affirmed sensuality on the palate. This Pinot Noir will go perfectly with red meats, bushmeats, roasts, grilled meats, and of course with cheeses. It will also amaze you with dark chocolate. 

Grapes: Pinot Noir

Age of the vine: 20 years

Ageing potential: 10 - 15 years

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with Red meats, bushmeats, roasts, grilled meats, and of course with cheeses. It will also amaze you with dark chocolate.

Awards: 
89/100 wine enthusiast, 2013
1* Guide Hachette des Vins, 2013
90/100 wine enthusiast, 2014
90/100 wine enthusiast, 2015

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Maison Charles Frey Pinot Noir F 2016

A complex Pinot Noir smooth and mineral, that comes from an old vine located on the granitic hills of Grand Cru Frankstein in Dambach-la-Ville.

This cuvée is raised on fine lees for 12 months in demi-muids, which brings it a perfect balance between the fruity flavour, the structure and the roasting. An exceptional wine with an Alsatian-Burgundian style.

Age of the vine: 10 - 15 years

Ageing potential: 3 - 5 years

Culinary Recommendation: To serve 16 C - 18 C. Good match with a Tournedos Rossini, a filet of pork with mustard and mushrooms, Rib of beef with herb butter, a sauté of veal Marengo but also a loin of braised pork, a roast duck with cabbage.

Awards: 
Wine enthusiast - 92 points

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