Unique and typical Available in each of the seven Alsace varietals, the Wolfberger Signature wines reflect the diversity of the Alsace vineyards. These Wolfberger Signature wines are the most significant expression of each varietal for each vintage. They are carefully chosen every year by a tasting committee of renowned sommeliers, professionals in the food and beverage industry, and the best-known restaurant chefs in order to meet the demands of the most demanding palates. Its a unique range, typical of Alsace.
What makes the range special A range signed for and guaranteed by a committee of Alsatian experts. Nothing could be more natural than to give voice to the professionals in the catering business, from the wine-waiting of the sommelier to the cellarists, so they can give us their expert opinions. The quality of the Signature range is reflected in the typicity and authenticity of the Alsace terroir chosen and validated every year by a well-informed tasting jury that comes to select and reserve the vats of each varietal in our cellars.
What makes this range special Three years of research, trials and taste-tests were necessary to perfect this new wine. Bearing Wolfbergers colors of black and gold, the Black Papillon proudly asserts itself in an intriguing bottle. It all starts with a surprisingly contemporary label, a powerful golden stag crowned with the traditional Alsatian headdress – a black bow called the papillon, or butterfly. Thats where the name for this epicurean wines comes form, mixing tradition and modernity. The surprises continue with the choice of a screw-cap closure, completely different from traditional corks. Finally, the Black Papillon breaks with the Alsatian tradition of using only one varietal in a wine. Its a precise blend, but one kept secret. This whimsical extravagance of Wolfbergers, one that breaks with custom can be served throughout the entire meal, from the aperitif to dessert. This dry, fresh and fleshy wine has a long finish on the palate and goes well with a broad array of foods.
What makes this range special French for “she-wolf” recalling the myth of Romulus and Remus, the Wolfberger La Louve Alsatian wines are unique for their name and the big bottles from bygone days. They are also unique because of the winemaking method: aging in small oak barrels that endow finesse, elegance and astonishing taste qualities to our Alsace varietals. The barrels provide an oaky touch along with interesting notes of natural minerals. For this range, fermenting is done in bourguignonnes (barrels from Burgundy) made of French oak or, more specifically, Merrain oak, the benchmark for this kind of winemaking. This fermentation is done in order to get all the tannins and develop the taste potential, as opposed to simply aging the wine in barrels. Battonage, the practice of stirring the lees, is also used to perfect the results of big as well as small volumes.
The Wolfberger mystique Over a century ago, in 1902, winegrowers in the village of Eguisheim decided to join forces to create one of the first cooperatives in Alsace. United as one, pioneers in their field, they are continually innovating in order to preserve the typicity and quality of their wines. Today, Wolfberger is a major player in the Alsace wine landscape, in France and around the world.