Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace – 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Location: From Thann in the Haut-Rhin to Kintzheim in the Bas-Rhin (80.5 kilometers, or 50 miles, north to south); mostly flat vineyards
    • Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand-harvesting
    • Size: 38 hectares (93.9 acres)
    • Vine Age: 29 years
    • Soil: Granite, limestone, gneiss, chalky-clay
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): Early to mid-September
    • Yields: 75 hl/ha (5.6 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Traditional, no skin contact, temperature controlled, no malolactic
    • Aging: Stainless-steel tanks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Blanc
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • p H: 5.53g/L
    • RS: 6.9g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Softly light yellow with green reflections, this 2013 Pinot Blanc glitters in the glass, while fragrances play around the nose. Aromas reminiscent of farmer’s pears, aromatic mountain hay and lemon peel are followed by delicate fruit flourishes, exotic coriander and minerals. On the palate, again there are fruit flavors and a dynamic, ripe acidity that refreshes, while the firm minerality gives the right tension. The fine-balanced body is light, but after aeration, the wine does not lose its mineral-aromatic character. The dignified fruity final of this lovely Pinot Blanc suggests a second glass.

    • Serving Suggestions: Serve with aperitifs, vegetable tureen, mountain cheeses and fresh fish.



  • Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace – 2013 – Best Buy, Year’s Best Alsace – Wine & Spirits

    “A simple, juicy white, this has a touch of greenness in the aroma and some burnt-caramel sweetness to the flavors. Chill it for sipping poolside.”

  • Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace – 2013

    Aromas of pears, hay and lemon peel are followed by delicate fruit, coriander and minerals. On the palate, this well-balanced wine displays fruit, a dynamic, ripe acidity and firm minerality that refreshes.