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Altenbourg Pinot Gris (VT)

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Sweet wines

Altenbourg Pinot Gris (VT)

Alsace
2015
1 bottle of 0.75 L SHOP_DESC_NOSALE
Pale yellow. Extremely reticent nose hints at citrus fruit and mint with aeration. Impressively concentrated and intense but not yet complex; quite sappy but still tastes even sweeter than its 50 grams per liter of residual sugar. The wine's moderately glyceral texture is nicely enlivened by ripe acidity and a deep spiciness. This should repay aging. About 30% botrytized fruit here, but not from a special selection, notes Blanck.

Terror:

The Altenbourg parcel lies just below the Furstentum Grand Cru vineyard, at 300m.
Its gentle slope is of calcareous clay, and it is one of the last remaining vestiges of the sub-Mediterranean era which Alsace experienced. It gives rich wines of finesse, elegance and body.
The aromatic profile of rose petal and vegetal or floral touches is classic.

Vinification:

The grapes are picked in an over-ripe state several weeks after the start of harvesting (minimum concentration 408 g/l of sugar).
The development of "noble rot" (Botrytis Cinerea) dries them out on the vine. The juice is delicately extracted in our air-bag press. The slow, gentle pressing avoids crushing the stalks and pips.
The fermentation proceeds at a controlled temperature in stainless-steel vats.
It gets under way of its own accord thanks to the natural yeast found on the grape skins. As for the Botrytis Cinerea, it concentrates the grapes' sugar levels (30 to 80 g/l of residual sugar) and acidity. The resulting sweet wine is rich and complex, with great ageing potential.

Elevage:

The wine is aged on its lees in large oak barrels for 12 months.
This lees-contact contributes richness to the wine. What is more, the oxygen which passes through the pores of the wood brings about a gentle oxidization of the wine, and the subsequent opening up of its aromas.
The wine is then bottled and aged for 4 to 5 more years before being put on sale.
After that it's up to you to enjoy it within the following 10 years, at the height of its aromatic freshness!

Tasting Notes:

2009 Domaine Paul Blanck Pinot Gris Altenbourg Vendanges Tardives
Pale yellow. Extremely reticent nose hints at citrus fruit and mint with aeration. Impressively concentrated and intense but not yet complex; quite sappy but still tastes even sweeter than its 50 grams per liter of residual sugar. The wine's moderately glyceral texture is nicely enlivened by ripe acidity and a deep spiciness. This should repay aging. About 30% botrytized fruit here, but not from a special selection, notes Blanck.

When & with what:

A good wine for wine-tastings.
Obviously it benefits from being decanted.
Natural goose livers.
T° : 12°C.

Press:

 - 2009 Domaine Paul Blanck Pinot Gris Altenbourg Vendanges Tardives
Pale yellow. Extremely reticent nose hints at citrus fruit and mint with aeration. Impressively concentrated and intense but not yet complex; quite sappy but still tastes even sweeter than its 50 grams per liter of residual sugar. The wine's moderately glyceral texture is nicely enlivened by ripe acidity and a deep spiciness. This should repay aging. About 30% botrytized fruit here, but not from a special selection, notes Blanck.