Weinbach Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles 2005

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A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles 375ml

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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
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External Reviews for Weinbach Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles 375ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/04/2011

Pure botrytis nose dominated by tangy crystallized orange and lemon peel. Wonderfully sweet but cut by sharp citrussy acidity that gives this extremely unevolved wine an almost painful quality today. It's remarkable that the varietal character comes ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2005 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles 375ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2002 01/16/2009

Round and concentrated, this shows a bracing structure too, acting as a counterpoint to the sweetness. It has a more candied quality to its fruit, with dried apricot, quince and caramel notes. Long, tactile finish. Best from 2007 through 2027. 15 cas... Wine Spectator. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2002 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2001 01/16/2009

The 2001 Tokay-Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles bursts forth with aromas reminiscent of spice and botrytis-laden apricots, peach jam, cherries, and white pepper. This huge, massively rich wine contains 200 grams of residual sugar p... Robert Parker. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 2001 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles 375ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 1997 01/16/2009

Thick and ripe, like dessert in a glass, this offers plenty of honey, coconut and beeswax in a balanced, vivacious presentation. The structure should allow it to age for years. Best from 2000 through 2007. (BS) Wine Spectator. A Pinot Gris wine from Alsace in France. 1997 Weinbach, Domaine Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles 750ml




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