Benefiting from both German and French winemaking heritage, this light and crisp Pinot Gris from the Alsace region is a welcome surprise of citrus, floral and delicate delights.
Located just west of the Rhine River, the Alsace wine region is tucked against the German border in Northern France. Sunny and dry weather alongside the cool air from the Vosges mountain range nutures some very fine white wines. These warm days and chilly nights naturally creates high levels of acidity that are perfect for Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling varietals. Domaine Bechtold is run by fourth generation Jean-Marie Bechtold and is converting to biodynamic viticulture, the only organic grower in Dahlenheim.
This 2010 Alsatian Pinot Gris is crisp and elegant and the soft, orange blossom floral scent is lovely and welcoming. There is a delicate balance here that exudes lightness, complexity and smoothness. Not an easy feat! The lemon-lime citrus flavor and touch of fizz is light without overwhelming. This is a dream for white lovers who can’t make up their mind; It has elements of so many favorite styles: acidity, crisp, floral and citrus. This was housed in stainless steel tanks to take advantage of that bright acidity and the dry style of the region.
Stock up for summer; It’s coming, I promise! Enjoy!
Photo courtesy of French Moments.