Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Alsace One, AOC Alsace – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Location: Vosges slopes and Haut-Rhin plains
    • Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand-harvested
    • Size: 5 hectares (12.36 acres)
    • Vine Age: 5-15 years
    • Soil: Granite, limestone, gneiss, chalky-clay
    • Elevation: 200-400 meters (656-1,312 feet)
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,620 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • Dates for the beginning of harvest for each AOC are set by decree, generally 100 days after the median date of flowering, at the time when the grapes display the best sugar-to-acid ratio. 2011 was an early harvest in Alsace, and summer weather continued for the entire month of harvest. The last three years were spared from botrytis because of hot, dry weather conditions during the harvest.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 20-30
    • Yields: 80 ha/hl (5.9 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Traditional, no skin contact, temperature controlled, no malolactic
    • Aging: Stainless-steel tanks, 6 months on the lees
    • Filtration: Microfiltration
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 40% Muscat, 40% Riesling, 20% Pinot Gris
    • Cases Imported: 1,570
    • Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • RS: 5g/L
    • Optimum Drinking: 2013-2014
  • Tasting Notes

    • Soft, light yellow hue in the glass. On the nose, Alsace One is fresh and minerally, with light, fruity notes of lychee, hints of firestone and grass, paired with exotic aromas of pineapple and papaya. The palate follows with fresh fruit flavors; a dynamic acidity plays around the tongue, balanced with plenty of extract and a pleasantly light, racy body. The long spicy finish has a fancy touch of acidity.



  • Alsace One, AOC Alsace – 2011 – 88 points – The Tasting Panel

    “Aromatic with juicy, tangy acidity and showing spice, peach and minerals; bright, crisp and dry with balance and finesse.”

  • Alsace One, AOC Alsace – 2011

    It is fresh and minerally, with light, fruity aromas of lychee, firestone and grass, exotic pineapple and papaya. The palate follows with fresh fruit and dynamic acidity balanced by a light, racy body. The long, spicy finish has a touch of acidity.