Cave de Turckheim, Pinot Blanc 'Terres de Granit' 2017
With honey and nectarine on the nose, the palate shows bright lemon and stonefruit flavours, pure concentrated minerality with rich palate weight.
Grapes are picked and sorted in the vineyard, before being gently pressed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. This Pinot Blanc is actually a blend of Auxerrois Blanc with a little Pinot Blanc grown on the granitic soils of the Munster Valley from the lieu-dit of Val St Gregoire. As a traditional variety in Alsace, appellation rules allow for the two varieties to be labelled as simply 'Pinot Blanc'.
Widely regarded as one of the best co-operatives in the world, Cave de Turckheim are situated at the mouth of the Munster Valley and work closely with 180 partners whose vineyards span the breadth of Alsatian terroir and grape varieties. Significant investment in the winery allows a high degree of separate vinification, offering Michel Lihrman (senior winemaker for 25 years) to select the nuances of variety and soil types in his signature dry style of wines while pushing pure fruit flavours to the fore. Committed to producing the highest quality wines (growers are encouraged to keep yields low and pick by hand) and long term advocates of sustainable practices, Cave de Turckheim have the largest organic vineyard holdings in Alsace. As such organic wines are being added to their extensive range, which covers the excellent value Cave Tradition range up to individual Grand Cru varietals as well as Cremants d'Alsace and Vendange Tardive dessert wines.