Jean Becker/Jean-Philippe et Jean-Francois Becker
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old family firm at
making even finer wines." (Hugh Johnson, Pocket Wine Book 2003,
Becker family have been winegrowers based in Zellenberg, a village
high in the hills overlooking the picturesque town of
the heart of Alsace
1610. They produce a range of varietals (including the four noble
varities: Riesling, Gewurztrminer, Pinot Gris and
Grand Crus as well as luxurious, sweet Vendanges Tardives and SGNs.
The entire range demonstrates an understanding of the individual
varieties employed and the vineyard sites in which the different
varieties are cultivated.
Starting in 1999, the family
the estate to
bottled under the JP et JF Becker label (which
have a yellow foil and gold stripe as opposed to the red foil and
stripe of Jean Becker)
from 2002 onwards having full Ecocert status and older wines
being in conversion. This came about because brothers Jean Philippe
and Jean François (oenologist and viticulturalist respectively) made a
conscious decision to move towards safe and sustainable vine growing
and wine production.
Like many Alsace
growers, the range of possible wines produced is formidable: eight
different varieties are grown (in addition to the Alsatian noble
varieties there is
Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner and Chasselas). The noble varieties
are grown in the various Grand Cru vineyards as well, of which the Beckers own land in five (Froehn, Schlossberg, Sonnenglanz,
Praelatenberg and Schoenenberg). This makes the number of possible
combinations quite considerable before the Vendange Tardives and
Selections des Grains Nobles (SGN) styles are factored in. On top of
all this there is sparkling Cremant d'Alsace and Edelzwicker,
an everyday blend. In total, the Becker tariff lists over 40 wines,
all distinctive. If that's not enough, Jean Philippe also distils
fruit liqueurs, marc and other spirits. Most of this production comes
from the family's 16 hectares (ha) of which four are designated
Grand Cru Classé.
In 1988 the Beckers
achieved an Alsacien record when they picked their Grand Cru Froehn
Muscat SGN with a richness of 1174º with potential alcohol of 26º.
This was the highest recorded level in Alsace (it has possibly been
beaten since in the 2003 vintage).
We spent an enjoyable, albeit extremely hot week in
the 2003 summer heatwave, exploring the region and tasting many of the
region’s excellent wines. Our conclusion: Alsace
are improving all the time.
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