Pinot Gris, AOC Alsace — 2020
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.
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
Total Acidity: 5.1 g/L
Residual Sugar: 14.8 g/L
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.