Fruit for this cuvée is grown in vineyards in Bergheim, where soils are limestone clay. The grapes were pressed, settled, and filtered prior to fermentation in stainless with a mix of ambient and cultured yeasts. It was racked twice and rested in tank for six months prior to bottling.
It’s a fat, smooth-textured wine, smiling and even tempered. The perfume is redolent of quince paste and pears and nutmeg, while a streak of wet stone and lemony lift enliven the finish. The body offers good weight; the winery suggests it could age for seven or eight years, but I wonder whether its modest acidity will allow it to play through. Still, it’s delicious now, its temperament expansive enough to stand up to a plate of rich cured meats and Alsatian cheeses, but delicate enough to play happily with nutty pilafs, chicken curry, mapo tofu.
2016 Gustave Lorentz Pinot Gris Alsace
13.5% abv | $23 (sample) Imported by Quintessential