Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Location: Vosges hillsides and Rhine valley
    • Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand-harvesting
    • Size: 9 hectares (22.24 acres)
    • Vine Age: 5-15 years
    • Soil: Granite, limestone, gneiss, chalky-clay
    • Elevation: 200-400 meters (656-1,312 feet)
    • Exposure: Primarily eastern and southern
    • Density: 4,000 vines per hectare (1,620 vines per 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, with summer weather continuing 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 10-25
    • Yields: 80 hl/ha (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: 100% Pinot Blanc
    • Cases Imported: 1,200 cases
    • Imported Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12%
    • RS: 5.6g/L
    • Optimum Drinking: 2013-2014
  • Tasting Notes

    • Soft yellow with green reflections in the glass; aromas of farmer’s pears, sweet mountain hay and lemon peel, followed by delicate fruit, coriander and minerals. On the palate, refreshing pear and quince fruit flavors and dynamic acidity are balanced by a whisper of minerality. The mineral-aromatic character intensifies with aeration, continuing on the sleek, fruity finish.



  • Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace – 2011 – 88 points – The Tasting Panel

    “Aromatic, smooth and juicy with sweet, tangy vanilla and caramel; creamy, lush and fresh.”

  • Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace – 2011

    Aromas of pears, hay and lemon peel are followed by delicate fruit, coriander and minerals. Refreshing pear and quince flavors and dynamic acidity are balanced by a whisper of minerality that intensifies with aeration to the sleek, fruity finish.