Jean-Baptiste Adam 2019 "Tradition" Gewürztraminer

Tasting notes
Exotic aromas and tastes, especially lychees and spices that accompanies a range of foods from pâtés, pastries, and exotic fruits (pineapple, mango, etc.) to spicy cuisine, such as chicken tajine with lemon and green olive, and strong cheeses like blue cheese, and Munster.

Why we recommend this wine
We have visited Alsace many times for the food and the wine – such variety and richness. And, the richest of wines is Gewürztraminer of which this is an excellent example made by a family owned firm that is moving solidly into organic farming.

The wine
This is a classic gewürztraminer. On the eye, brilliant and crystal-clear shades of light green. Youthful, fresh and flowery (rose and acacia) aromatic expression combined with the exotic fruit taste of pineapple and the subtle hints of oriental spices characteristic of Gewürztraminer. On the palate, the feel is supple and tender, with good structure and balanced proportions.

The wine estate
J-B Adam is one of the oldest estates in Alsace, with 19 ha of organic vineyard in the Haut Rhin village of Ammerschwir. The granite slopes of Grand Cru ‘Kaefferkopf’ provide the backdrop to the village and produce the estate’s unforgettable wines. 400 years on, J-B Adam remains in safe family hands, guided by the 14th generation of Adams, Jean-Baptiste and his daughters Laure, Pauline and Marie. Their progressive stewardship has seen the introduction of biodynamic principals and a ‘non-interventionist’ regime in the cellar (a natural process of slow pressing, wild yeast fermentations and no filtration) that ensures wonderfully expressive, clean and complex wines.

Food and wine
A perfect match for rich liver pâté, Asian cuisine including stir fry with chile and fragrant herbs, as well as apple tart and strong blue cheeses. Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here.

Did you know?
Gewurztraminer is unique in origin, combining both German Gewürz (spicy) and Savagnin Rose (Traminer). Tramine was formerly known as a city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but is now Italian. After its introduction in Alsace in 1870, the Traminer has adapted to the climate in a unique way, becoming spicier, and gradually replacing the old Traminer with the Gewürztraminer.