About Domaine Barmes-Buecher
Husband and wife team Francois and Genevieve Barmes created Domaine Barmes-Buecher in 1985 from family land owned since the 17th century. Today, after the death of Francois, Genevieve carries on their life's work, managing 30 acres in Alsace, around the towns of Wettolsheim, Turckheim, and Wintzenheim. Over a decade ago, Francois Barmes turned to biodynamic farming, away from the use of weed killers or fertilizers, replacing them with homeopathic treatments. There is no chaptalization (addition of sugar to increase alcohol levels), no fining, no enzyme treatment, and no artificial yeast addition. One other important step in the vineyards set them apart from their Alsatian neighbors: in the second half of August, Francois would stay home, tending the vines and tying the tops of the adjacent vines to each other, so as to gain better sun exposure to the bunches without trimming. In the wake of his passing, Francois' children, Maxime and Sophie have taken on much of the responsibility in the vineyard and continue to further the biodynamic practice they began with their father. Applied to the three Grand Cru holdings, Hengst, Steingrubler and Pfsigberg, Domaine Barmes-Buecher produces supremely concentrated Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Gewurztraminer, to name just a few cuvees.
Ranges from dry to sweet, but deeply aromatic in all styles
Munster cheese, pork, goose, spicy Asian food
One of the wine world's love-it-or-hate-it grapes, Gewürztraminer is for many wine lovers the signature variety of Alsace. Its highly perfumed aromas of rose petal, smoked meat, lychee, grapefruit, and spices are immediate and captivating, although some examples lack refinement and seem a bit blowzy owing to low acidity and high alcohol. Gewürztraminer is as unlike the steelier, more aristocratic Riesling as a white grape can be. No other region of the world has been able to produce significant quantities of Gewürztraminer that even approach the decadent richness and exotic fruit qualities that the best producers in Alsace achieve. Still, other than late-harvest versions, Gewürztraminer is normally a dry wine in Alsace, despite smelling like a sweet one. Gewürztraminer marries beautifully with rich, fatty dishes like pork and goose or ripe cheeses, as well as with the exotic spices of Moroccan, Indian, and Far Eastern cuisines.