In the Crémant d'Alsace family we all have our old favourites, the timeless classics you can always depend on to celebrate life's special moments, or to make an ordinary moment special with a welcome burst of bubbles. But the family also has its more complex, refined members. These 'Grand Prestige' wines are bastions of excellence and authenticity. Those special bottles which, safely stowed in the narrow racks of our maturing cellars, really do become members of the family for our oenologists. Theirs is a relationship forged through the mysterious maturing process, that long shared journey which ultimately yields wines of great finesse and character, with a decidedly gastronomic flair!
Like a perfect melody you can always rely on to help you unwind, like meeting somebody special who shares your passion... Our Classic wines embody the unique qualities of their grape varieties and the unmistakeable class of the Alsace appellation. These are wines you can depend on, old friends that will never let you down!
The Moon is the inspiration behind Bestheim's iconic blue colour. Since time immemorial, the people of the village of Bennwihr (home to our HQ) have been nicknamed the 'moon chasers' (mondfanger). The nickname is a nod to their famous audacity, ambition and free spirit. Since 1990 we have been paying homage to this rich history with our 'Rayon de Lune' range (French for moonlight), the famous blue bottles so emblematic of our winery!
You often hear the Alsace wine region described as a mosaic of different terroirs. Granite, Gneiss gravel, limestone, sandstone and schist - the list goes on - are just a few of the notes in this endless symphony of soils. Along with some of the foremost representatives of our terroirs (our Grand Cru wines), this collection is packed with lesser-known gems. "Chemin de Romains" (Roemerberg), "Jardin des Vignes" (Rebgarten), "Jardin des Oiseaux" (Vogelgarten)... names that resound like beautiful melodies, just waiting to be savoured.
Finesse, complexity, minerality, depth and length of flavour are the hallmarks of an exceptional winemaking terroir. Sometimes wild and difficult to tame - source rock just below the surface, dizzying slopes... - but often perfectly positioned in the sunshine and blessed with a magnificent array of flora, the terroirs of our Grand Cru wines define our vision of the winemaker's art. Perfected by centuries of winemaking tradition yet still bearing the inimitable stamp of its native terroir, which is often more distinctive than the variety of grapes it contains, tasting a Grand Cru is always a unique, emotional experience.
Winegrowing and winemaking are not so much professions as they are driving passions. Like master craftsmen, our winegrowers and oenologists devote themselves whole-heartedly to nurturing the terroir and getting the very best from each and every grape which makes it through the doors of our winery. But some wines are just born privileged: an ineffable quality which strikes you as soon as you set foot amid the rows of vines, and strikes you once more when you take that first delicate sip of their nectar. These are truly Exceptional wines. The oenologists put the finishing touches to their creations by maturing them in oak barrels. But not for too long! Just enough to maintain that unmistakeable Alsatian identity while also hinting at the possibilities of an entirely different style... Wines to be explored and savoured!
As we navigate the gigantic canvas of the Alsace region, with its patchwork of terroirs as diverse as the colours on a painter's palette, planted with an array of noble grape varieties, we can count on the support of a true Friend. Time, ally of patience and concentration; Time with its cool, damp mornings and sun-kissed afternoons; our Friend Time, the alchemical force that allows our soils to bring forth such beautiful, complex wines. The colour of these wines in the glass says it all: they are like nuggets of pure gold, left by our passionate winemakers to ripen in the sun for two or even three months after the first grapes are harvested. And the results speak for themselves.
Sometimes you have to go away in order to come back stronger! Coincidence of destiny, you be the judge... In 2008, frustrated by a lack of new opportunities in our beautiful native region, the men and women of Bestheim turned their attentions to Bordeaux in a search for pastures new. They soon fell under the spell of Château Fillon, a little gem near the Butte de Launais, the highest point in the Bordeaux region.
Discover the history of this extraordinary château, formerly owned by an Alsace native who was head of one of France's biggest insurance companies: la Compagnie du Soleil. The sunshine company meets the moon chasers!