2016 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Reserve Alsace

SKU #1347067 90 points Vinous

 Crystalline straw-green. Thyme and aromatic herbs are accompanied by a delicate whisper of lemon drop and crushed stones plus a strong note of honey on the enticing nose and juicy mouth. Very lively, even mineral wine (Auxerrois rarely is anywhere near being mineral), more in the style of the estate rather than the variety, but clearly the fresh 2016 vintage has helped Auxerrois immensely (most of the 2016 Auxerrois wines are less honeyed and thick than they are normally). The finish is long and lively. A blend of 70% Auxerrois and 30% Pinot Blanc, from grapes grown in the Clos des Capucins but also near Kientzheim at the bottom of the Altenbourg. Only 9,000 bottles made per year. Lovely wine. (ID)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Elegant, well-balanced, and dry with bright fruit, it combines freshness and suppleness and offers very good palate presence. The origin is the domaine vineyard, Clos des Capucins, and a plot in the Cuvée Laurence vineyard. 70% Auxerrois providing body and structure, and 30% Pinot Blanc providing crispness. Very perfumed on the nose with intense pear notes which carry onto the palate. Also some butter and rum raisin notes with much juicy acidity. Very long on the palate for the varietal with a contrast of sweet honey and salty minerality. It finishes with racy zippiness.

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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.