Gustave Lorentz

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Maison Gustave Lorentz is a winery located in the commune of Bergheim, in the administrative district of Haut-Rhin, in the Grand Est region of France. The vineyards are located in the heart of the Alsace vineyards, and produce renowned wines such as Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat from the Altenberg and Kanzlerberg regions. Find out more
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The history of Gustave Lorentz

Maison Gustave Lorentz was founded in 1836, in the village of Bergheim. It's still run by the same family today, headed by Georges Lorentz, the seventh generation of winemakers.

Gustave Lorentz's early years were turbulent, as Alsace was annexed to the German Empire at the end of the 19th century. To make matters worse, the vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera as early as 1905. Fortunately, it took more than this to discourage the Lorentz family.

When Charles took over at the beginning of the 20th century, he focused on excellence and developed the vineyards on the Altenberg de Bergheim hillside. The vineyard expanded and, after the Second World War, it was another Charles, his grandson, who modernized the Gustave Lorentz company.

Since 1993, Gustave Lorentz has been managed by Georges. He continues the work of his ancestors and distributes his wines in over 60 countries. Half of his sales come from exports.

The Gustave Lorentz vineyard

Today, the Gustave Lorentz vineyards cover 33 hectares on the hillsides of Bergheim in the heart of the Alsace wine-growing region, of which 12.80 hectares belong to the Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim and 1.75 hectares to the Grand Cru Kanzlerberg.

Added to this are grapes purchased from winegrowers operating 120 hectares, exclusively on the Bergheim terroir. The estate and its tools have been modernized. All Gustave Lorentz wines, produced from their own vines, have been certified organic since the 2012 vintage.

The vineyards stretch across the southern face of the Grasberg hill. They sit at an altitude of between 220 and 320 meters and are quite steep. The soil is composed of a superposition of limestone and red marl from the Middle and Lower Jurassic. The subsoil is stony, shallow and rich in fossils.

The grapes benefit from a beautiful south-facing exposure, as well as a warm, temperate microclimate with regular rainfall.

Gustave Lorentz wines: Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim

The house produces a wide variety of wines, but is particularly proud of its Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim. It has been their trademark since the estate was founded.

Gustave Lorentz's Riesling is complex, fine and elegant. The nose is filled with citrus aromas that combine with a crystalline aromatic expression. Minerality is also present. The palate is balanced and very expressive. Citrus fruits are present, along with noble acidity and a slightly saline finish.

Riesling Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim is an excellent wine for laying down. It is marketed after 5 years in the cellars, but can be kept for up to 10 years before drinking. The best vintages can be enjoyed between 20 and 30 years.
Registered since 08/07/2015
91 rue des vignerons ,
68750 Bergheim
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