Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France


  • Alexandra Boudrot

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    Pierre Sparr has named a new cellar master: Alexandra Boudrot. Though Alexandra is new to the role, she is well acquainted with the wines and vines of this Alsatian producer, having worked 12 years as both enologist and “terroirs and vine growing specialist.” In the latter role, Alexandra helped partner growers to achieve the best fruit possible from the vineyards while maintaining sustainable and environmentally sound viticulture practices.

    Born into a winegrowing family and raised in Nuits-Saint-Georges, the heart of Burgundy, Alexandra was exposed at a young age to vineyard work and later pursued a career in wine at school: She studied science and viticulture and then went on to learn winemaking at the University of Dijon. She interned in Burgundy and, after earning the Diplôme National d’Oenologie (National Diploma of Oenology), moved to Alsace. She started at the Oenological and Winemaking Council and then transitioned in 2003 to a position at Cave de Beblenheim. There, Alexandra helped growers to develop environmentally sustainable grape growing methods.

    Today, Alexandra shares her passion and motivation with the winemaking team at Pierre Sparr, while maintaining high respect for the typicity of the wines. In the new cellar — dedicated wholly to the production of Pierre Sparr wines — Alexandra takes her vine growing skills to the next level, assuming full responsibility for vinification beginning with the 2015 vintage.

    “We lean on her competence, her perfect knowledge and her experience of more than 10 years in the field of the vineyard,” says the team at Pierre Sparr.

    A word with Alexandra:

    WD: What are your goals for the future at Pierre Sparr? Are there any aspects you wish to bring focus to and improve upon during your tenure as cellar master?

    AB: Pierre Sparr develops wines which are typical of the grape variety: food-friendly, aromatic and sharp — tout en finesse. We follow the same quality requirements as before: respect for grapes, fermentation control and maturing on lees.

    WD: What are your thoughts on the 2016 vintage? (asked in July 2016)

    AB: It is too early to make any definite conclusions about the 2016 vintage. It is sure that the harvest will be later than previous years — not before September 15. It is a “classic year,” with conditions more similar to those we knew historically. We can already forecast that we will have a beautiful acidity in the wines due to a slow maturation.

    Alexandra Boudrot
  • Patrick Aledo

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    Patrick Aledo was born in central France in 1965. He has a degree in economics from Lyon in addition to his enology studies.

    Patrick has more than 20 years experience in the food and beverage industry, working with qualityfocused, family-owned companies. The culture of food and wine is a personal passion that Patrick turned into a profession, first working in a small winery before moving to Alsace’s Cave de Beblenheim (Beblenheim Winery) in 2006 and later Maison Pierre Sparr in 2009.

    Both the long history of Maison Pierre Sparr and the continuing pursuit of excellence in the vineyard and in the winery mirror Patrick’s character.

    Patrick Aledo