The Importance of Terroir in Alsace
A tasting of Hugel's Riesling Jubilée over a 20-year span reveals a consistency of site
Although terroir may be defined simply as the integration of the physical and biochemical aspects of a vineyard, its impact goes beyond this technical description. I think of terroir as including the competitive advantages that a site gains from its environmental characteristics; one such advantage is the ability to be consistent in the face of vintage variation.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands July 31, 2003.