In de Elzas is al jaren sprake van een zoet-conflict. Maar nu is het bijna zover dat er een regeling komt, waarin de zoetheidsgrammen worden vastgelegd voor droge, halfdroge en zoete wijn. Dat heeft Séverine Schlumberger meegedeeld op een persbijeenkomst in Londen. De coöperaties liggen nog dwars omdat die vaak zoete Riesling leveren en de koper niet willen laten weten hoeveel suiker daarin zit.
Séverine, the seventh generation of her family to manage the Alsace wine estate, said the producer had been using sweetness guidelines on their bottles for 10 years.
“We’re pushing to have them imposed by law,” she said. “The co-ops are against it as they often make sweet Riesling and they don’t like people knowing how sweet it is.”
Bottles of Domaines Schlumberger wines are ranked according to their levels of residual sugar in the following categories: dry, medium dry, medium sweet/mellow and sweet.
Dry 6 and 8 gram
As a guide, Séverine said the wines in the dry category contained between 6 and 8g/l of residual sugar, medium dry wines had between 8 and 16g/l, medium sweet or mellow wines had around 16 to 40-45g/l while sweet wines were above 45g/l.
Back in 2015, it was announced that plans for the compulsory labelling of all dry Alsace wines as dry were to be put on hold. The Alsace Vintners Association (AVA) had achieved near-unanimous approval for the proposals and had planned to introduce the labelling from the 2016 vintage onwards.
The AVA submitted a file asking the INAO to impose an obligation on the labelling of Alsace dry white wines – wines with less than 4g/l of sugar, or 7g/l of sugar in wines with a minimum of 9g of tartaric acidity, according to EU rules.
According to measures for vendange tardive (late harvest) and sélection des grains nobles (SGN) wines drawn up in 1983 and implemented in 1984, Riesling and Muscat must have minimum sugar levels of 235g/l for VT and 276g/l for SGN while Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris must have 257g/l for VT and 306g/l for SGN.