2013 Alsace Pierre Brecht Pinot Gris


Living so close to the Alsace region for nearly three years have certainly instilled in me a fondness for Alsation Rieslings, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris in particular, which are all widely available in our corner of Germany.

Whenever I'm feeling 'homesick' for a particular country, I tend to buy wines that remind me of my time spent there, and this one certainly reminds me of warm summers in Karlsruhe.

Alsatian Pinot Gris has highly regarded characteristics compared to its Italian (known there as Pinot Grigio) and New World counterparts. It is generally less intense, yet with great aromatic complexity. The volcanic and limestone soils in the region provide the perfect canvas for a wine of that truly tells a story of its 'terroir' and this one is no different.

The 2013 Alsace Pierre Brecht Pinot Gris is rich in texture, with hints of honey and pear and a light mineral note. There is a light sweetness on the front, before the gorgeous layers of creamy, elegant fruit is released in a lively roundness on the palate.

Verdict: This wine is balanced, elegant, classy, yet not-too-expensive option that goes well with light poultry, rich fish, shell fish and hard cheeses.

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