Maker: Domaine Paul Blanck, Kientzheim, Alsace, Francef
Grape: Pinot Gris/Grigio
Place of origin: Alsace, France
Purchased for: $22 (list price $32)
Appearance: Gold with thick legs.
Nose: Oak, ripe pear, thyme.
On the palate: Full bodied and medium dry. Oak, white cherries, plum, underripe peach, mineral water.
Finish: Mild apple, a whiff of smoke and it slowly fades.
Parting words: What a delicious wine! A nearby wineshop is closing its doors and friend of the blog Amy and I went on an expedidition recently and pooled our purchase so as to get a bigger discount. This is one of my bottles. As long time readers know, I love the white wines of Alsace and their North American cousins, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy something like this at a deep discount.
Blanck is an Alsatian négotiant producing a full line of wines. This one is from their vins de fruits series of varietal wines. They also produce lines of single vineyard, late harvest and borytized wines.
This is classic Alsatian Pinot Gris. It’s rich and aromatic and judicious use of oak provides that little bit of smoke Alsatian Gris is known for. It may have been more fruit forward a few years ago (six years in the bottle is pushing it), but even at this advanced age it’s delicious.
I would be reluctant to spend the full $32 but $25 or less would be an easy buy for me. I will be looking for more Blancks in the future. Blanck Pinot Gris is recommended.