Pinot Auxerrois (aka. Auxerrois Blanc)

Auxerrois' tendency towards low acidity makes it suitable to cooler climates, such as England, Ontario's Niagara Peninsula, and in British Columbia where it is grown with some success. A descendant of a Pinot Noir and a Gouais Blanc cross, it is relegated to the higher Haut-Rhin vineyards in Alsace, where it is most often blended into that region’s bulk wine, ‘Edelzwicker’. It is also grown in the northeast Moselle region of Germany. Wine made from Auxerrois tends to be dry, with a musky aroma and some floral and citrus character.

Auxerrois is an international name of intrigue. You are obscure, even in your Alsatian home, where you seek a secret refuge under the roof of ‘Edelzwicker’. With the trouble you’ve had in establishing your own identity in the Old World, one wonders why celebrities like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Malbec would ever wish to borrow your name as an alias. Perhaps the cool environs of North America will give you a fresh start in a Read more »

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  • Domaine Mittnacht Cremant d'Alsace NV


    Mineral, fresh and yeasty with sweet herbal nuance on the nose with lovely hints of butter cookies and a touch of fennel seed spice on the nose. Starting out fairly dry in the mouth, this does gain a gentle sweetness on the midpalate displaying attractive sweet/tart apple and pear fruits with a little powdered sugar accent to the butter cookie n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Albert Mann Pinot Blanc Blend Alsace Aoc Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 2011


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    Wine review by cathpark

  • Hi there! An interesting thread - please keep us posted!Just a thought - maybe ... in the NW doing a wine with Auxerrois (or any of the other grapes you're considering). You could probably learn from their experiences and get a feel for how receptive the market is for their unique offering. I know there are wineries in BC doing a varietal Auxe... Read More

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  • Tom,Who would've thought you'd get such useful consulting advice from ... of a sample to throw out the Auxerrois route. I'm sure we'd be interested in updates as they come so keep us posted if you can. Many of us dream or at least think about having our own piece of wine producing dirt so this is interesting stuff.&nbs Read More

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  • Someone had to mention Abacela if he's thinking about Spanish grapes in ... But I wouldn't go with Auxerrois--just too unknown and not something people are dying to find out about even in the geekworld.  Now, furmint or rkatsiteli, or assyrtiko, you'd get my attention... even leanyka or kiralyleanyka--I've had some good wines with those.  But ... Read More

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  • If you were a big commercial operation, I would advise against taking out the ... better known in the US than Auxerrois, which in the US, one really only finds in wines from Alsace, although it's grown elsewhere. It's confusing because the term Pinot Blanc actually includes Auxerrois, even though the two grapes aren't related, so Deiss, for ex... Read More

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  • Thanks, Emark,  I really appreciate the input.  We are just at the ... ...  We have not tried Auxerrois yet, either, but plan to this weekend.And, you are right, I am a bit of a contrarian.  We also grow olives and make olive oil (one of about a half dozen in Oregon).  We are on the very edge of the climate needed for olives, but, we have som... Read More

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  • Tom, I agree with Jon that you have made a very compelling introduction. ... I ... ... I had never heard of Auxerrois, but the internet and, specifically, Wikipedia, are wonderful things.  So, now I know.  I would love to try it.  I, like a lot of people here, enjoy any kind of new wine adventure.  So, now my latest quest is to find an exampl... Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Tom Vail.  With my wife Marion, we grow pinot noir and pinot ... pinot over to albarino or auxerrois.  Tell me if either of those is a wine you enjoy.  We are trying to gauge interest in both wine Read More

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  • As I sit here trying to come to some conclusion it occurs to me that perhaps I ... I ... Adelsheim Vineyard Auxerrois Quite perfumed on the nose with hints of apples and flowers over a gently spicy, nutty base. This is bright and vibrant in the mouth, with assertive green pear and lime flavors and a terrific texture that shows a hint of round... Read More

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