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Great Alsatians from the “Other” Boxler

Great Alsatians from the “Other” Boxler

Albert Boxler is the Boxler that wine lovers in the United States seem to know. It helps that they have been represented by some very famous importers over the years, like Robert Chadderdon and Kermit Lynch.

But there is another branch of the Boxler family that tells almost exactly the same story as Albert’s. Yes, Justin Boxler can trace his family’s winemaking roots in Alsace back 350 years. Yes, Justin Boxler has a small winery in the village of Niedermorschwihr. Yes, Justin Boxler makes beautiful Alsatian whites in a pure, focused, traditional style (with biodynamic farming to boot).

Most importantly for today’s story, Justin Boxler, like Albert, has holdings in the area’s famous Grand Crus, including Brand.

Alsace lovers know that the region is divided between the granite terroirs and the limestone terroirs. Boxler is a granite specialist, and Brand boasts plenty of it – granite that is more and more decomposed as you go up slope. Brand faces east, getting the cool morning sun and producing wines of discernible freshness and power. Brand is a Riesling that ages extremely well, and we are excited to be able to offer one today that has already spent more than 5 years in the cellar.

Boxler also produces wine from the very accessible local grape variety Pinot Auxerrois. This is a thirst-quenching white wine consumed with relish in the taverns of Alsace alongside flammkuchen (Alsace’s answer to pizza). It is a great introduction to the Justin Boxler style, and also just a straight up delicious wine.

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