Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Pinot Gris, AOC Alsace — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • The Alsace region of France is known throughout the world for its lovely, dry white wines Vineyards were first planted in this narrow valley during the height of the Roman Empire. Maison Pierre Sparr was established by the Sparr family in 1680 in the desirable Haut Rhin. Today quality remains Pierre Sparr’s primary focus and the winery consistently exceeds AOC guidelines.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • AOC: Appellation Alsace Controlée

      Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Gris

      Vineyard Region: From Geubwiller in Haut-Rhin to Marlenheim in Bas-Rhin

      Vineyard Size: 9 hectares (22 acres)

      Soil: Granite, limestone, gneiss, chalky-clay

      Average Vine Age: 30 years

      Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand-harvesting; sustainably-farmed; no chemical fertilizers or pesticides

      Harvest Dates: Early October

      Yields: 75 hectoliters per hectare (5.6 tons per acre)

      Vinification: Gentle whole cluster pressing, no skin contact, temperature-controlled, no malolactic

      Aging: Stainless-steel tanks

      Certification: Vegan

      Alcohol: 14%

      Total Acidity: 5.1 g/L

      Residual Sugar: 14.8 g/L

  • Tasting Notes

    • This Pinot Gris is yellow-gold with expressive and complex aromas of white blossoms and grilled bread. On the palate, it is well-structured, generous and elegant with a touch of spice.