Originally named Tokay d’Alsace, then Tokay Pinot Gris, this type of vine is not related to the Hungarian Tokajy which comes from the Furmint type of vine. In reality it is a pinot from Burgundy that became known in Alsace from the 17th century. The name Pinot Gris is generalized since 2007.
Primarily produced in the named locality of Schimberg situated in the valley of Guebwiller, on a volcanic subsoil, our Pinot Gris benefits from a full South exposure.
Manual harvest, started on 02/09/2011. Slow pneumatic pressing, static racking. Fermentation in thermo-regulated tuns for 1 to 4 months. Maturation on lees from 6 to 8 months. Bottled in June 2012.
The appearance is of buttercup yellow colour with golden reflections. The disk is clear and thick, the robe is light)coloured and fluid with a beautiful clarity.
On the nose, the aromas are at first very much present, dominated by yellow fruits such as mirabelle jam combined with aromas of candied fruits. A delicate touch of bergamot completes the aromatic palette. The olfactory quality of this wine is characterised by aromas derived from a beautiful maturity of the grapes.
The onset is frak, this wine is dry. An ample structure includes melted sugars and has a tonic and present freshness. I feel a fine aromatic intensity marked by fruits and spices. The fruits are expressed in a register of ripe pear and dried dates while the spices are revealed through the white pepper and caraway. The length is between 4 and 5 caudalies, on a refreshing finish of fresh hazelnuts.