Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc Altenbourg 2011

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Domaine Weinbach:
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of France. Domaine Weinbach is run with consummate skill and total dedication by Colette Faller and her two daughters, Catherine and Laurence. In the words of Robert Parker, “Colette and her daughter Laurence... pushed Weinbach to the pinnacle of Alsace’s qualitative pyramid.” Domaine Weinbach was est... Read more
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of France. Domaine Weinbach is run with consummate skill and total dedication by Colette Faller and her two daughters, Catherine and Laurence. In the words of Robert Parker, “Colette and her daughter Laurence... pushed Weinbach to the pinnacle of Alsace’s qualitative pyramid.” Domaine Weinbach was established by the Order of Capuchin monks in 1612. The “Clos des Capucins” vineyard surrounds the domaine; the prestigious “Schlossberg” vineyard (the first terroir in Alsace to receive the status of Grand Cru), the Grand Cru “Furstentum”, and the adjacent “Altenbourg” vineyard rise above the clos. The domaine has 62 acres of vineyards in the heart of Kayserberg’s hills and valleys. During the French Revolution, Domaine Weinbach was sold as a national property. In 1898, Théodore Faller and his brother Jean-Baptiste purchased the Domaine and five hectares of vineyards and left it to their son and nephew, Théo. Since 1979, the estate has been run by Théo’s widow, Colette Faller, and recently their daughter Laurence took over the winemaking, with Catherine as marketing director. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed directly as whole clusters in modern horizontal pneumatic presses. The must settles for 24 hours at cellar temperature and is slowly matured in large, ancient oak casks, using only indigenous yeasts. Filtering is through diatomaceous earth before bottling, which starts in April and finishes in mid-July. The wines are remarkable for their balance and finesse, their intensity and concentration, which is achieved by drastically pruning the vines to limit yields per hectare to nearly one-half that typical in Alsace. Harvesting is late, done when the fruit attains optimum ripeness. All of the domaine’s wines are produced from their own vineyards, a most unusual accomplishment in Alsace, and are therefore 100 % estate grown and estate-bottled. Read less

External Reviews for Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc Altenbourg

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/25/2013

Pale yellow-gold. Aromas of lemon, pineapple, spices and fresh herbs. Honeyed and full in the mouth, with peach and lime flavors dominating. Finishes bright and persistent. -- Ian DAgata Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2011 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Pale yellow-gold. Aromas of lemon pineapple spices and fresh herbs. Honeyed and full in the mouth with peach and lime flavors dominating. Finishes bright and persistent. -- Ian D Agata Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 12/07/2010

Full yellow. Lovely floral lift to the pure stone fruit and orange flavors. Sweeter than the foregoing pinot gris examples (28 g/l r.s.) but with racy acidity giving the flavors an almost riesling-like clarity. An airy yet tactile wine with terrific ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2007 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 11/14/2010

A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2007 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2006 04/14/2010

A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2006 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2006 09/07/2012

Nutmeg and cinnamon notes accent flavors of peach jam, quince paste and candied orange peel in this spicy, just off-dry white. Medium-bodied, with juicy acidity, and a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2015. 100 cases imported. -AN Wine Spectator. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2006 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg 1500ml



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