2015 Josmeyer "Mise du Printemps" Pinot Blanc Alsace

SKU #1272527 92 points James Suckling

 This is very tight and steely with sliced lemon, apple and pear. Full-bodied, dry and beautiful.  (9/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Pinot Blanc Mise du Printemps -- a ripe and fruit-intense yet refreshing blend of Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc, grown in the plain between Wintzenheim and Turckheim -- is a pretty dry, grippy, uncomplicated but characterful white to match spring dishes. White peach and flower aromas on the aromatic nose lead to a soft first impression on the palate, but the wine soon reveals its creamy intensity, power and stimulating freshness. This is an open-hearted, lovely, fruity wine that is great fun to drink, also as an aperitif. (SR)  (10/2015)


 Dark golden-yellow. Honey and sweet spice aromas on the perfumed nose. Then slightly austere on the plate thanks to lemony acidity, which provides spine to the ripe citrus fruit and sweet spice flavors. The finish is zingy and long, with a repeating honey note. This is 60% Auxerrois and 40% Pinot Blanc and is characterized by higher-than-normal acidity for this wine. According to Céline Meyer, president of Josmeyer, “it’s because of the Pinot Blanc; we included more of it than usual in the blend because it seemed to weather June’s dry spell and the ensuing water stress better than the Auxerrois. That’s why we decided not to make our Pinot Blanc Lutins in 2014; we used those Pinot Blanc grapes [from heavier, water-retaining clay soils in the Rotenberg and Hengst] and made just one Pinot Blanc bottling." (ID)  (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Spiced and tangy, this fresh white offers a smoke-tinged base notes and flavors of glazed apricot, preserved lemon and grated ginger. Floral. (AN, Web-2015)

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.