About This Wine...
“A rich, scented, off-dry white that seems a millions miles from a red pinot noir, but they share identical DNA. 90/100” The Sunday Times (Irl) March 2019
A young team led by Séverine Beydon-Schlumberger and Alain Freyburger, the wine maker. The largest vineyard holders in Alsace of which over 50% are Grand Cru status. Their second wines bearing ‘Princes Abbés’ labels, nevertheless contain considerable quantities of fruit from the Grand Cru vineyards. The style is rich and intense. On our visit, we were amazed by the attention to detail from the upkeep of 45km of drystone walls on the steep mountainside vineyards to the complete modernisation of equipment in the winery. The Rieslings are charming and supple; the intense fruit of the Pinot Gris is sensational and lovers of Gewürztraminer will be delighted by these rich, balanced wines.
Originally called Tokay d’Alsace, then Tokay Pinot Gris, this grape variety is not related in any way to the Hungarian Tokaji which comes from the Furmint grape variety. It is actually a Burgundian pinot which has been found in Alsace since the 17th century. The name Pinot Gris is generally used from 2007.
Mainly produced in the SCHIMBERG plot, which lies in the valley of Guebwiller, on volcanic subsoil, our Pinot Gris faces due south.
- 2011 Vintage 89 points Wine Spectator, August 2013 “Well-knit and stony, with a spicy edge to the flavours of apple, star fruit and melon. Balanced and fresh. Drink now through 2016”
- 2012 Vintage 88 pts Wine Spectator, April 2014.
- 2012 Vintage 88 pts Wine & Spirits, December 2014
- 2013 Vintage 88 pts Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2015
- 2013 Vintage 88 pts Wine Spectator, November 2015
- 2013 Vintage 92 pts James Suckling, Guide 2015/2016
- 2013 Vintage 89 pts Wine Enthusiast, December 2015
- 2013 Vintage 89 pts Vinous Media, September 2015
- 2013 Vintage 90 pts Wine & Spirits – This Year’s Alsace Best Buy 2015