Auxerrois is one of those unusual wine varietals you may never see in a lifetime…and the Josmeyer Alsace Dream makes it even more unusual, since it is biodynamic and organic.
What is Auxerrois?
While it is also known as a grape varietal in France, it is a low acid white wine varietal grown primarily in the Alsace region of France. (The northeast region that butts up against Germany.)
- The 2nd most planted grape in Alsace after Riesling (the default wine pairing with Asian food)
- Derived from a clone of pinot noir
- Often blended with pinot blanc
- Not the same as Auxxerrois Noir (aka Malbec in the Loire Valley) or Auxerrois Gris (aka Pinot Gris)
How do you pronounce Auxerrois?
Sounds like: OH-SEHR-WAH
What does it taste like?
Low acid with citrus notes, crisp apples, and fall fruit.
What food do you pair with Auxerrois?
- Corn cakes and butter sauteed shrimp, per Serious Eats
- Potato leek soup or pad thai, per World’s Best Wines
- Rainbow trout with sauteed red cabbage seasoned with honey and lemon, per L’Occasion
- Alsatian pizza made Asian
Who is Josmeyer?
Josmeyer is a winery in the Alsace region of France. Established in 1941, it received the agriculture biologic certification in 2004, establishing it as a fully organic and biodynamic winery.
As a biodynamic winery, they employ practices such as fertilizing the vines with tinctures of nettles, willow, and horsetail rather than using conventional pesticides that contain copper and sulphur.
All of their wines are hand harvested with no additional yeast, sugar, or enzymes.
Try the Josmeyer Alsace Dream
For an organic, biodynamic, hand harvested wine from France, it is only $19. Per K&L wines, this wine was made specifically for the Quebec market.
That makes sense considering that Auxerrois is also grown in British Columbia, Canada.
The Alsace Dream is a blend of 90% Auxerrois, 8% Pinot Gris, and 2% Riesling.
It is described by K&L as a “classically dry white wine” from 35 year old vines situated on rocky soils that produce “aromatic, mature, and elegant wines.”
The is a light bodied, medium structured wine with a palette of creamy Bosc pear, grapefruit pith, and little sting of honey. High acidity up front and finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
The color is of faded hay, and it comes packaged in a strikingly, tall and slender green bottle, as many bottles from Alsace are
Recommended food pairing
The specification sheet that was previously posted on the Josmeyer website recommended Flammenkeuche, a traditional Alsatian pizza of sorts.
Made with fromage blanc, sliced white onions, and a thin, non-leavened crust, it is a white pizza that aptly pairs with a white wine from the same region.
However, since we are not in France, we’re going to make the Alsatian pizza a little more Asian with this recipe.
Auxerrois is like a unicorn in the wine world, but you actually do have a chance of seeing (and drinking) one, even if you’re not in Canada.
P.S. Do you love unusual wines? Please spread the Asian ♥ and share!