Wine producers and critics have paid toll to Alsace winemaker Laurence Faller, who has died of a suspected heart attack aged 47.
News of Faller's death broke yesterday (13 May), prompting an expression of grief for the winemaker and mother-of-two on social media.'Desperately sad news,' tweeted the UK-based Wine Society. 'So young. Truly shocking,' said Jancis Robinson MW.Faller spent most of her life immersed in the wine business, having growing up at Domaine Weinbach that was bought by the Faller family in 1898.Her father Theo was credited with much enhancing the winery's reputation following the Second World War, and was a prominent supporter of the Alsace AOC, founded in 1962.Following his death in 1979, Laurence's mother, Collette, took the reins at Weinbach. In time, both Laurence and her sister, Catherine, came to take responsibility for winemaking and sales correspondingly. It was after this point that Laurence gained recognition amongst her peers, as well as amongst wine
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