2016 Domaine Weinbach Altenbourg Pinot Gris Alsace

SKU #1347071 93 points Wine Spectator

 A seamless, mouthwatering white, offering a finely detailed and expressive mix of ripe plum and dried apricot fruit, candied lemon zest and hints of minerally saline and spice. Features a long, lacy finish. (AN)  (3/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Vivid straw-green. Bright apple and pear are lifted by floral aromas. Then dense and dry in the mouth, featuring a saline element and very good cut and clarity to the citrus and honeyed stone fruit flavors. This brisk, tactile Pinot Gris really tickles the taste buds, finishing long and with a lively peppery zing. Unlike the 2015 Pinot Gris Altenbourg, for which the grapes were harvested in early September, in 2016 the grapes were picked in mid-October, and I think this longer hang time probably helped create more complexity in both grapes and wine. Also, in 2016 the Pinot Gris grapes were hit by slightly more noble rot than in 2015 (15% versus 10%) but also by less passerillage (10% versus 20%), so this 2016, though honeyed and off-dry, tastes very fresh and lively. (ID)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

From the Altenbourg vineyard (located directly below the Grand Cru Furstentum), this cuvée is picked in a later harvest with significant botrytis presence. It shows great aromatic complexity, depth, richness, and power, always with balance. The wine is rich and round with an average residual sugar level of 30 g/L. A honeyed nose, but no noticeable botrytis is present. Sweet raisins and brown sugar dominate on the palate. It is full of perfumed fruit and has a luscious, oily texture...very racy too. The wine finishes with notes of ginger.

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.


- 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.