Founded in 1871 by one Jean Dirler in southern Alsace
, this family-owned domain is now run, five generations later, by another Jean Dirler. Through time the estate has grown in size, adding the acreage of Domaine Hell-Cade in Guebwiller in 2000, expanding its holdings to 18 hectares, much in the Grand Crus Spiegel, Saering, Kitterle, and Kessler.
Domaine Dirler-Cade has been farmed biodynamically since 1998 and has been certified biodynamic since 2007. Though it bottles Pinot Noir
, the domain is best known for its dry, classically structured, mineral-rich white Alsace varietals. Dirler's slow-developing wines are typically suggestive of citrus and orchard fruits, displaying stronger soil tones than many in the region. There's barrel fermentation for the Riesling
and Pinot Gris, and tank fermentation for the other white wines.
Alsace has been almost pathologically ignored by the American wine-drinking public for generations--a real mystery in light of the great number of juicy, pure wines produced in this picture-postcard region of northeastern France.
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