Hubert Laugner is the 11th generation Vigneron in a long line of winemakers from the Laugner & Allimant families that dates back to the 1500’s! The vines are planted around the hillside vineyards of this far-eastern French region along the Rhine River. Hubert Laugner has both skills and well-preserved traditions to create this amazing Riesling. He specializes in blending vines of different ages to give character and structure to his wines. He tends to 26 acres of limestone soil with vines aging from 5 to 55 years old. He employs traditional vinification with the use of natural yeasts and no oak aging.
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé $24
The Crémant Rosé is a sparkling wine produced in Alsace by the Champenoise method and made with 100% Pinot Noir. It is aged 11 months before disgorgement and is meant to be consumed while fresh and young. The grapes are the first to be manually harvested to keep the youthfulness and coolness of the citrus fruit flavors. And when you open it, you will be greeted by fresh aromas of strawberries and wonderful minerality. This is easy to drink with the light, creamy bubbles and a crisp, flowery tang.
2016 Sylvaner $17
The origin of this varietal was probably in Austria. Behind its light color we find a dry, fresh and fruity wine with citrus aromas. The mouth is open and pleasant, exactly the type of wine for shellfish, fish or oysters.
2017 Riesling $17
100% Riesling, fermented in stainless steel tanks and bone dry. The Riesling grape grows exceptionally well in Alsace and has developed its own style. The nose is full of notes of lemon, white flowers, and granny smith apples. The flavors are very fresh and clear, not sweet at all.
2015 Grand Cru Riesling “Praelatenberg” $25
This single Grand cru vineyard has a terroir of granite and gneiss that brings a delicious minerality to the wine. Pale yellow color that offers fresh aromas of citrus on the nose, and a well-balanced mouthfeel that revels bright lemon and a fine veil of leesy yeast and a dry lip-smacking finish.
2017 Pinot Noir $20
This was probably the first grape imported from Burgundy during the middle age. It is still the only red wine we produce, a light, dry and fruity wine. The nose is full of red berries (cherries, redcurrants.)
Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday, we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5.