Founded in 1896 by the Willm family in Barr in Northern Alsace, the Maison Willm sources fruit from the historic Kirchberg de Barr vineyard, located half way up the southeast facing slope that looks over Barr. Jean-Luc Ostertag manages the vineyard using sustainable practices.
These are easy drinking, well-made wines that don’t offer a lot of complexity but have beautifully fresh flavors. They all deliver excellent value. The Crémants spend about 12 months on the lees.
Importer: Monsieur Touton Selection, New York NY
Willm 2012 Pinot Blanc Reserve Alsace ($14) 88 Lovely fresh sweet apple on the nose and a soft, creamy, perfumed palate of rich orchard fruit with a note of grapefruit. Drinks very easily with loads of fresh fruit. Not complex but would go beautiful with creamy cheeses.
Willm NV Crémant d’Alsace Blanc de Noirs Alsace ($15) 89 Medium yellow straw. This crémant style sparkler has an attractive, clean nose showing orchard fruit and a note of freshly baked bread. It’s crisp in the mouth with lingering flavors that reflect the nose with the addition of a fine red raspberry note on the finish. Fresh and crisp with good balance and weight and clean flavors, this is a great wine for the price! 100% Pinot Noir.
Willm NV Brut Rosé Crémant D’Alsace ($16) 90 Medium pink salmon. Ripe red cherry and berry run throughout this Pinot Noir based Crémant. Bright, pure fruit on a suave, full palate with a chalky finish offers a delicious, and reasonably priced wine. Highly recommended.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler