The Alsace Grand Cru Appellation is a designation within the Alsace wine region of France that is reserved for wines produced from specific vineyards that are considered to be of the highest quality. To be able to use this designation, the wines must be made from certain grape varieties that are authorized for Grand Cru, grown in these specific vineyards, and must meet certain quality standards set by the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) regulations.
Alsace Grand Cru wines are considered to be of the highest quality within the Alsace region and are known for their complexity, minerality, and aging potential. They are produced from a specific grape variety, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat. The vineyards are classified into 51 Grand Cru vineyards, each with its specific terroir and microclimates. Alsace Grand Cru wines are typically more expensive than other Alsace wines and are highly sought after by wine enthusiasts and collectors. These wines are typically aged longer before being released, and are often aged for several years in the bottle before they are ready to be consumed.