Louis Sipp

Country, Region
France, Alsace

A lot has changed since chemical engineer and PhD. Etienne Sipp took over his family wine business at the age of 33. Motivated by a respect for the environment as well as the health of his vineyard workers and by a desire to full articulate the ‘truth’ of his terroirs Etienne converted his 40ha domaine to organic viticulture in 2005. Yields have been slashed to less than 40hl/ha and the historically important negociant side of the business pared back to a bare minimum. Today Etienne works with a range of almost exclusively hill slope vineyards, all within a 3km radius of his cellar in Ribeauvillé in the beating heart of the central Alsace wine region.

For Etienne the wines of Louis Sipp are characterised by ; finesse, harmony and authenticity. He achieves these aspects through meticulous attention to detail. All grapes are harvested by hand, whole bunch pressing takes place over between 6-12 hours in pneumatic press. Wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts in a traditional Alsatian oak casks or more modern stainless steel tanks. Careful battonage brings weight and texture to the wines without compromising aromatic purity or elegance.

These are wines made in the classic Alsatian style, dry, crisp and precise. They perfectly reflect the aromatic profile of the Ribeauvillé sector where food friendly, balanced wines are the norm and overly alcoholic, fat wines are frowned upon.

With much of Etienne’s production sold direct to a loyal fan base of private clients and restaurants these wines have yet to receive the international attention they so clearly deserve.

Pinot Blanc, certified organic. Notes of passionfruit and sweet, freshly cut hay on the nose. The palate opens with ripe white peaches and develops towards smokey elements balanced by cleansing confit lemon acidity. Classic, fresh and elegant, food friendly Alsatian Pinot Blanc.
Riesling, certified organic. Tight, linear, classic Ribeauvillé nose with suggestions of lime zest. The palate is mouth filling and generous with palpable, powdery limestone acidity and subtle cardamon and bay leaf touches. A firm finish leaves notes of green tea and iodine.
Riesling, certified organic
Field blend, certified organic. Alsace in a glass! The lifted nose of white jasmine is followed by a palate bursting with greengage and yellow plum fruits. The moreish acidity perfectly carries a complete, food friendly wine which is sapid, saline and long
Riesling, certified organic. One of the greatest riesling terroirs of Alsace does not disappoint with a typical kerosene nose framing mediterranean herbs and white flowers. The palate, already drinking well, shows a beautiful latticework of vibrant acidity reminiscent of waxy Sicilian lemons. Delicious. **Regional Trophy Decanter World Wine Awards 2015**
Gewurztraminer, certified organic. The very definition of lightness of touch. Beeswax and yellow plum eau de vie open a nose which progresses towards sweet chai spices. In the mouth this wine evokes connotations of silky crema catalana. A rare thing; elegance and restraint in a fresh finishing Gewurztraminer.




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