Albert Boxler Wines
Albert Boxler Winery in Alsace produces some of the finest Rieslings. Albert, from whom the domaine takes its name, was the grandfather of current owner and winemaker Jean and was the man who took the initiative in bottling his own wines just after the Second World War. The label that is still in use today was painted at that time by Albert's cousin.
Jean took over from his father Jean-Marc in 1996 and oversees the family holdings centered on the village of Niedermorschwihr, not far from Colmar. The cellars and family home are to be found at the very foot of the grand cru Sommerberg vineyard and Jean makes wine from separate parcels of vines within this great granite hillside, making some as grand cru but also declassifying some into his reserve wines.
To differentiate between the bottled parcels the Boxlers use a code on each label so that consumers can know the source of the grapes for each bottling without the domaine breaching the labelling laws of the Alsace appellation. So, for example, a B on the label represents the Brand grand cru vineyard in which the family own vines, while E represents Eckberg, a lieu-dit within the Sommerberg, and D equals Duttenstein, also part of the Sommerberg. They produce riesling, pinot gris, pinot blanc, gewürztraminer, sylvaner and muscat and also make some fine sparkling Crémant wines using traditional methods and ageing in oak foudres in cellars below the Boxler house.