Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Josmeyer Alsace Pinot Gris 'Fondation 1854' 2002 Vieilles Vignes

Following on from my post a couple of days ago about Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio, I'm delighted to write up the tasting note for a bottle of Alsace Pinot Gris I had the other night with some pre-supper snacks.  This just shows how amazing the variety can be when on the ideal soil, in the perfect climate and in the best of hands...

I was eating some Tomme and a few slices of Ventricina whilst supping this magnificent wine.  It was so long that I could clearly taste it in my mouth a good two minutes after my last sip.  In fact, a further two minutes past and I could STILL taste it just as strongly as when it was in my mouth.  Wow, that's super long!  Fresh lemon flavours, some complex minerality and decently crisp acidity for a Pinot Gris.  With eight years bottle age it was wonderfully rounded, the honeyed flavours laced with discrete spice; very full and yet still extremely elegant.  Regal!

A truly excellent wine from one of Alsace's leading houses.
Josmeyer Alsace Pinot Gris 'Fondation 1854' 2002 Vieilles Vignes
Bought from the producer in June 2009 for €22.50

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