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2008 Charles Baur Pinot Blanc

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This white is soft, creamy and lush, a bit reminiscent of lemon meringue pie, with sweet citrus scents and flavors wrapped in spice. Delicious on its own, this is not a wine that needs a three-course meal to taste good. Try it as an alternative to Chardonnay at your next party. Pinot Blanc has a long tradition in Alsace, and this is an easy-going example to get to know.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2010 | Send Email
This is a very good value in a richer white and a fine alternative to Chardonnay for a party. The nose is very leesy and creamy, and the mouthfeel carries through with good texture. On the palate, there is a touch of honey flavor, but no residual sugar - instead there is a clean, snappy finish. This wine is perfect for the cocktail hour, and will last much longer in the refrigerator door without going bad than a California Chardonnay.
Top Value! Drink from 2010 to 2012

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/30/2009 | Send Email
Both Eby and The Bean have agreed, for the first time ever, that the Charles Baur 2008 Pinot Blanc, Alsace is so un-Alsatian-like, we are in disbelief that it did not originate from one of the villages of the Loire Valley. Commonly, the white wines from the Alsace are viscous, oily in texture - almost petroleum-like - and really dense in presentation and finish. This Gem, however, is clean, crisp, and shows attributes of Pippin apples and a lovely wet-stone minerality normally found in the Loire Valley whites, both in its opening presentation and its mouthwatering finish. 12.5% abv

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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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5