Top 100 wines of Moselle

Discover the top 100 best wines of Moselle as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular in Moselle and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Moselle

Germany/mosel-saar-ruwer">Moselle is an appellation covering white, red and rosé wines from an area in the administrative department of Moselle in Northeastern France. The Vineyard">Vineyard zone covers land on both sides of the Mosel River (known locally as the Moselle), before it flows north to form the heart of Germany's famed Mosel wine region. Moselle wines are most often light, Aromatic whites with crisp Acidity. They are made predominantly from the Grape/auxerrois">Auxerrois Blanc and Müller-Thurgau grape varieties.

The Moselle AOC zone extends along the banks of the river in western Moselle, covering 18 communes in that department plus one in the neighboring department of Meurthe-et-Moselle. Most vineyards lie on south-facing hillsides to make the most of sunlight exposure, an important consideration at the area's relatively high latitude of 49°N. In fact, aside from a few vineyards in the very north of Champagne, Moselle boasts France's northernmost AOC-defined area. Historically, Moselle (and indeed much of the Lorraine region) was an important area of wine production in northern France.

Before the introduction of appellation laws, vineyards near Metz were planted to Pinot Noir. These were used in the production of Champagne, or – while Lorraine was under German rule following the Franco-Prussian War – Sekt. The land under vine in Moselle decreased following the crisis involving Phylloxera, which reached the area in the early 20th Century. This was followed by a period of increasing industrialization and then World War I, which had a major impact on all forms of agriculture in northeast France.

Discover the grape variety: Chenin blanc

It most certainly originates from the Anjou region and is registered in the official catalogue of wine grape varieties on the A1 list. It can also be found in South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile, the United States (California), New Zealand, etc. It is said to be a descendant of Savagnin and to have sauvignonasse as its second parent (Jean-Michel Boursiquot 2019). On the other hand, Chenin blanc is the half-brother of verdelho and sauvignon blanc and is the father of colombard.

Food and wine pairing with a wine of Moselle

wines from the region of Moselle go well with generally quite well with dishes of shellfish, vegetarian or appetizers and snacks such as recipes of chicken chop suey, quiche with bacon and gruyère cheese or roasted bananas with cured ham.

Organoleptic analysis of wine of Moselle

On the nose in the region of Moselle often reveals types of flavors of apples, melon or hazelnut and sometimes also flavors of chalk, non oak or vegetal. In the mouth in the region of Moselle is a powerful with a nice vivacity and a fine and pleasant bubble.

News from the vineyard of Moselle

Andrew Jefford: ‘The gifts of Bacchus hold our gaze like a procession’

Do growers make wine – or do markets? Growers, of course. Yet markets define the scope of the grower’s creative efforts by what they reward or sanction. When markets are neglectful and unresponsive, there’s little the grower can do but conform. It’s a problem the world over. Here’s an example. The river Moselle/Mosel rises to the wet west of the Vosges mountains, then curves in a long green arc heading north through Epinal, Metz and (along the left bank) Luxembourg’s Grand Duchy, turning east at ...

Andrew Jefford: ‘The gifts of Bacchus hold our gaze like a procession’

Do growers make wine – or do markets? Growers, of course. Yet markets define the scope of the grower’s creative efforts by what they reward or sanction. When markets are neglectful and unresponsive, there’s little the grower can do but conform. It’s a problem the world over. Here’s an example. The river Moselle/Mosel rises to the wet west of the Vosges mountains, then curves in a long green arc heading north through Epinal, Metz and (along the left bank) Luxembourg’s Grand Duchy, turning east at ...

The Mâcon plus appellation seen by Charles Lamboley

Charles Lamboley, marketing and communication director from Vignerons des Terres Secrètes, explains the differences between the appellation Mâcon-Villages and Mâcon plus a geographical denomination. This video is taken from the “Rendez-vous avec les vins de Bourgogne” program (March 2020). The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) invites you to enjoy this video in which Jean-Pierre Renard, Expert Instructor at the Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne, explains the topographical and geological characteristics of t ...

Top wines in regions and sub-regions of Moselle