Barmes Buecher

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Wettolsheim
People: Genevieve Barmes, Owner | Maxime Barmes, Winemaker

Items

Barmes Buecher 2011 Brut Cremant d'Alsace AOC Login In Stock
Barmes Buecher 2012 Brut Cremant d'Alsace AOC Login AG 88 In Stock
Barmes Buecher 2011 Pinot Blanc, Rosenberg, Alsace AOC Login WA (87-88) In Stock
Barmes Buecher 2012 Pinot Blanc, Rosenberg, Alsace AOC Login AG 90 In Stock
Barmes Buecher 2004 Pinot Gris, Pfleck, Alsace AOC Login <1 Case
Barmes Buecher 2012 Pinot Gris, Pfleck, Alsace AOC Login AG 90 WE 88 In Stock
Barmes Buecher 2011 Riesling, Hengst, Alsace Grand Cru AOC Login In Stock
Barmes Buecher 2012 Riesling, Herrenweg, Alsace AOC Login AG 90 In Stock
Barmes Buecher (500 ml) 2007 'Cuvee Maxime' Gewurztraminer, Alsace AOC Login In Stock

Domaine Barmès Buecher was founded in 1985 and is run by Geneviève Barmès. It is a relatively large domaine with 16.37 biodynamic hectares, spread over four communes: Wettolsheim, Wintzenheim, Turckheim and Eguisheim. Some 2 hectares of the Barmès Buecher estate is on prime Grand Cru terroir. However, the volume is more moderate due to low yields. The domaine has been biodynamic since 1998, with the team carefully exploiting the potential of the terroirs and expressing the unique feature of each plot in a sensitive and skillful manner. The biodynamic principles go beyond farming as the domaine has also employed them in his cellar. Barmès Buecher deserves to serve as a symbol for the modern and progressive Alsace.

Barmès Buecher employs an exciting strategy when crafting their Crémant d'Alsace. In Champagne, sugar is added at three steps; the chaptalizatoin, the addition of sweet 'liqueur de tirage' and finally in the 'dosage.' But François Barmès works it the other way around; he harvests at 13% potential alcohol but stops the fermentation at around 11.7% alcohol and 22 grams/liter residual sugar. Thereafter, the second fermentation (on bottle) is started using the natural fructose, leaving enough sugar to cover up for the dosage. Brilliant!

Sadly François Barmès was killed on October 18th, 2011 while bicycling home. Undeniably energetic, enthusiastic, lovable and affectionate, he will remain an inspiration for Genevieve, Sophie and Maxime. They will continue his work, strongly committed to following in his path in the vineyards and vinification.

François strived to do better, strived to produce the truest expression of his vineyards in Alsace that he loved so much. One resounding observation can be made when looking back upon his 27 vintages: he never made the same wine twice.

One of the most significant turning pages in
François' life and career was the conversion to biodynamics in 1998, ideas of which aim for a greater respect of nature. Over time he quickly became one of the leaders of this school within French viticulture; he was admired and emulated by colleagues and by friends from other vineyards in France.

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Reviews

  • Barmes Buecher 2011 Pinot Blanc, Rosenberg, Alsace AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (87-88) (8/14/2014)

    When I was last able to taste it, the Barmes-Buecher’s 2011 Pinot Blanc Rosenberg had only just finished fermenting in demi-muids and been racked to tank immediately prior to bottling. At that time, it gave every indication of being a strong and versatile performer through at least 2016. Doughy, yeasty overtones inform a melange of fresh apple, hazelnut, milled grains and herbs on a substantial but satisfyingly juicy and by no means heavy palate. A sedate but satisfyingly sustained finish offers more than enough interest to encourage the next sip.
  • Barmes Buecher 2012 Brut Cremant d'Alsace AOC
    Vinous by Antonio Galloni
    Rating: 88 (4/1/2015)

    Pale straw. Green apple and white flowers on the simple nose. Then dry and taut in the mouth, with lively acidity giving the wine a very linear, austere mouthfeel. Finishes crisp and persistent, but I was left wishing for a little more generosity. According to Maxime Barmès, this is really an Extra Brut, and it sure tastes like it. It’s also the first-ever Crémant he has been entirely responsible for; all of the previous vintages had been produced under the helm of his late father François.
  • Barmes Buecher 2012 Pinot Blanc, Rosenberg, Alsace AOC
    Vinous by Antonio Galloni
    Rating: 90 (4/1/2015)

    Bright straw. Ripe white stone fruits and flowers on the nose and palate. Much riper and fruitier than the Clos Sand, but neither heavy nor over the top thanks to harmonious acidity. The long finish features peppery stone fruit nuances and juicy acidity. The acidity is really the key here, as it lifts and extends the ripe fruit flavors.
  • Barmes Buecher 2012 Pinot Gris, Pfleck, Alsace AOC
    Vinous by Antonio Galloni
    Rating: 90 (4/1/2015)

    Bright straw. Deep, ripe aromas of pear and tropical fruit. Rich and sweet on the palate, with lively, chewy pear, spicy apricot tart and strawberry flavors carrying through nicely on the clean, long aftertaste. The finish is complicated by a smoky nuance and shows noteworthy tannic bite. This wine had been previously made only between 2002 and 2005, from a parcel within the Rosenberg selected by the late François Barmès's. The family had always thought very highly of the site’s potential quality and wanted to start making offering this bottling again. It’s a very well ventilated site (while most of the Rosenberg sits within a slight depression) and it makes sense to produce a single-vineyard wine from a site with such a different slope gradient and microclimate.
  • Barmes Buecher 2012 Pinot Gris, Pfleck, Alsace AOC
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 88 (4/1/2015)

    The Pfleck Vineyard with its clay and limestone soil gives a rich style of Pinot Gris. This wine, with its intense spice and lychee flavors, is typical. It has a crisp edge but the ripe fruitiness and touch of pepper give weight and richness. Drink now.
  • Barmes Buecher 2012 Riesling, Herrenweg, Alsace AOC
    Vinous by Antonio Galloni
    Rating: 90 (4/1/2015)

    Dark straw. Powerful, spicy, citrus-dominated (grapefruit, lemon peel, orange oil) nose. Taut and linear in the mouth, showing rich but bone-dry flavors of herbs, fresh citrus and white stone fruits. Finishes very long and impressively creamy. This excellent wine was made from 29-year-old flatland vineyards planted on mainly sandy (with some gravel) soils around Turckheim, where Zind-Humbrecht also makes his Herrenweg Turckheim wine. I point this out because the two wines really do resemble each other. It’s a particularly dry site--in fact one of the driest in all of France. "My husband always used to say that you could walk in the vineyard even 20 minutes after it had rained,” said Geneviève Barmès-Buecher.