The robe is light yellow with green reflections of medium intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows youth. The nose is marked, pleasant, a bit short. We perceive a complex dominant of fruity scents, apple, honey and lovage. The airing enhances these scents and reveals quince, hop, button mushrooms and a slight smokiness. A bit retained, the nose shows sophistication. It needs time to express itself. Patience… The onset in the mouth is moderately ample, round and heady. The wine evolves on a medium of marked liveliness, with a slight sparkling note. We find the same aromas as on the nose, dominated by autumn fruits (quince, apple, Mirabelle plum), but also hop, honey, button mushrooms, slightly smoked. We perceive a hint of bitterness. This vigorous wine with sophisticated aromas has a nice and delicious structure. Pairs beautifully traditional French cuisine, such as a goose terrine with Armagnac, a blanquette of veal with candied onions, a poultry vol-au-vent with mushrooms or a soft rind-washed cheese such as the Coeur d’Arras.
With plenty of floral-honey, caramelized-pear and some melon aromas, medium-full body and a creamy texture, this is a very classic Alsace pinot gris. But it is drier than most with a nice touch of positive tannin at the clean finish. Rather food-friendly.
- James Suckling, 92 pts.