From: Alsace, France
Varietal: Pinot Gris
To illustrate the utter joy that Alsatian Pinot Gris provides, we are including an excerpt from Wine Enthusiast’s “Explore the Many Styles of Pinot Gris from Alsace, France” by Anne Krebiehl, MW.
“Do you like the pear-fruited notes of Pinot Grigio, but long for something more substantial, generous and even weighty? Switch languages and head north to France’s Alsace wine region, where Italian grigio changes into French gris, and the light and easygoing wine you know becomes rich and full-bodied.
While Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are indeed the same grape, different growing conditions have a significant impact on the resulting wines. In northeastern France, the climate is dry and sunny. During extended autumns, the variety attains rich flavors due to full aromatic development, achieved particularly well in south- and southeast-facing vineyards that run along the eastern slopes of the Vosges."
Tasting Notes: A brilliant golden yellow with the ever-so-slightly pinkish tint of Pinot Gris skins, this wine has subtle aromas of undergrowth, dried fruits, golden apple skin, and savory notes. The wine is supple, enchanting, precise, and structured on the palate.
Pairing: This wine pairs beautifully with savory, rich dishes inspired by Alsacian cuisine. Think foie gras, chicken with a creamy sauce, braised pork, sausages, or even fish served with a dill cream sauce.
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