Pinot Gris, Altenbourg, Cuvée d'Or, Quintessence, SGN
Domaine Weinbach

Pinot Gris, Altenbourg, Cuvée d'Or, Quintessence, SGN




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Domaine Weinbach, Pinot Gris, Altenbourg, Cuvée d'Or, Quintessence, SGN, 2010


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Domaine Weinbach, Pinot Gris, Altenbourg, Cuvée d'Or, Quintessence, SGN, 2010

It was back in 1983 that Weinbach coined the term 'Quintessence' to describe a particularly sumptuous Selection des Grains Nobles. In 2011, the Pinot Gris vines in the Altenbourg vineyard produced some truly exceptional botrytis and as a result 90% of this cuvee is made up of nobly rotted grapes. At 220 g/l this could easily be overly 'sticky' but, thanks to some high, bright and supremely vivid acidity, the result is a immensely concentrated nectar of incredible grace. Mindblowing stuff. Liquid tarte tatin, ripe apples, juicy raisins, dried apricots, strawberry jam, caramelised sugar all come together underpinned by a strong current of spiced honey. Superb!

Ian d'Agata, Vinous

Bright yellow-gold. Captivating aromas of spicy apple pie, dried apricot, caramelized kumquat, marzipan and sexy botrytison the very pure, penetrating nose. Extremely fresh and clean, with harmonious acidity lifting the ripe tropical fruit, cinnamon-spiced apple andpassion fruitflavors. This massively concentratedwine manages to stay unbelievably graceful and balanced despite its huge richness. Its extremely persistent lingering flavor of baked cinnamon apple and mouthwatering acidity are unforgettable. I can best describe this wine by telling youit'svery muchlike a eating a liquid tarte tatin.Get a loadof thesenumbers: 221 g/l residual sugar, 10.6 g/l total acidity, 3.4 pH and only 9.5% alcohol.
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Domaine Weinbach

Domaine Weinbach

Named after the “Wine Brook”, a little stream that flows through the estate, Domaine Weinbach was founded by the Capucin monks in 1612. The house is surrounded by the original 9th Century monastic vineyard, the Clos du Capucin and all of the estate’s wines are now labelled with its name. Two Faller brothers acquired the estate in 1898 and this was duly inherited by Théo Faller. Sadly Théo died in 1979 leaving his estate in the safe hands of a Faller Triumvirate: his wife Colette and his two daughters, Cathy and Laurence – who all contributed to the continued development of Théo’s great legacy. Tragically Laurence died in 2014, far too young at just 47. And then under a year later, Colette too passed away. Alsace had lost two of its most important figures in as many years. Today Cathy is joined by her two sons Eddy and Theo, so the outlook for the domaine looks stable. Staggeringly Domaine Weinbach owns 26 hectares of vineyards in the Kaysersberg valley in the Haut-Rhin of Alsace at between 200 to 400 metres above sea level. They grow their vineyards organically with a view to quality rather than quantity and hand pick the grapes. Only their grapes are vinified (unlike many other producers in Alsace who frequently have to buy them in). Ageing is best described as passive, carried out in huge old oak fuders, allowing each vineyard and each specific terroir, along with the other unique characteristics of grape and vintage, to shimmer through these elegant and sophisticated wines.

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