2011 Josmeyer Pinot Gris Brand Grand Cru, Alsace
This wine comes from a vineyard on Josmeyer’s estate from the Brand Grand Cru area.
This is how the producing winery describes the vineyard site:
“This relatively well protected hillside vineyard behind the village of Turkheim, has a south-southeast exposure. Its deep granite soil is laced with black mica and gneiss. Flinty and of moderate acidity (Ph 5.8) the soil is rich in phosphates with little potassium or magnesium. The wines produced from this vineyard are regal yet lively, fine-structured, pure and incisive. A restrained palate of subtle complexities.”
Vines there are 40 years old. Old vines then you can comfortably call them.
Grapes were hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed slowly in pneumatic presses over 5-8 hours. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is always avoided at Josmeyer and no chaptalization takes place.
When tasted, this wine had a shy introvert nose that didn’t give much away of its aromatic personality to the smell.
It did however get very expressive and reveal itself on the palate. A genuine revelation!
Plenty of pepper and stonefruit flavors, loads of fruity characters then hit the senses. So many spices and fruits!
Spicy bitty finish that makes your mouth salivate, in a positive way on the finish. Very long too.
A wine to experience. Enjoy 🙂