Paul Blanck et Fils Pinot Noir 2015

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About This Wine

The fruit comes from Kientzheim's calcareous clay. Thanks to the natural yeast on the grape skins the musts start fermenting spontaneously. The process is carried out in stainless-steel vats at controlled temperatures, to enhance the expression of the Pinot Noir's aromas. Fermentation lasts seven to 10 days and once it is over, the wine is matured in stainless steel until bottling in springtime. It's then left to mature for a further year in bottle before release. Brilliant, light purple red in colour. Wild berries and cherry on the nose precede a palate of light cherries and blackberries. It has good acidity and a slightly smoky, fresh finish.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country France
Region Alsace
Brand Paul Blanck et Fils
Vintage 2015

Alsatian wine

Alsace is a unique wine region in North Eastern France, bordering Germany and having also been under German control for much of its existence. Due to this influence, unlike other French regions, wines from Alsace are mostly single varietal bottlings and are also labelled with the variety. They also are legally required to use a tall slimmer bottle called flûtes d'Alsace, that is also commonly seen with German wines.

Almost all the wine produced in the region is white (90%) except for Pinot Noir which is used mainly for sparkling wine. Alsace is most known for its Riesling, which is dry, fresh and floral in its youth but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Following behind is Gewurztraminer with signature spice and beautiful lychee aromatics. The smell of this wine is intoxicating, it is used to make dry but also late harvest dessert wines. Pinot Gris is also a prized variety of the region with its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavours.

In Autumn humidity builds up to facilitate the development of “noble rot” to produce late-picked sweet wines. In Alsace there are two classifications for late harvest wines: Vendange Tardive (VT) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (SGN). VT for regular late harvest wines and SGN meaning grapes affected by noble rot.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Auxerrois, Chasselas and Sylvaner.

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