In the French wine region of Alsace, in the northeast of the country, there are 7 grape varieties that are permitted in AOC (Appellation of Controlled Origin, relating to wine produced in a specific region and to a certain quality level). Those grape varieites are: Pinot Blanc; Gewurztraminer; Muscat; Pinot Gris; Pinot Auxerrois; Pinot Noir; and Riesling.
Domaine Barmès Buecher is a family owned domaine located in the town of Wettolsheim in France’s Alsace wine growing region. The domaine was founded in 1985, and today the domaine is run by Geneviève Barmès. Geneviève, along with her grown children Sophie and Maxime, tend to just over 16 hectares of vines which extend over the four communes of Wettolsheim, Wintzenheim, Turckheim and Eguisheim.
Approximately 2 of these 16 hectares are devoted to Grand Cru sites. The varieties planted include: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Sylvaner Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois and Chardonnay. All new plantings are done via selection massale. Since 1998, all of the vines have been farmed according to biodynamic principles. This process, along with careful attention to yields, quality of fruit, and minimal intervention in the cellar result in a range of wines that truly transmit the specific terroirs from which they are grown.
The “7 Grains” in the name of this Domaine Barmes-Buecher wine refers not only to the 7 grape varieites permitted in AOC wines of the region, but also to the blend of 7 grapes in the wine. The resulting wine has aromatic intensity, a full body, and lovely, persistent flavors. Buy some to drink now and some to drink later.