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Domaine Kientzler, Pinot Gris Alsace 2017
Pinot Gris 100%
Ripe red apple and pear aromas are lovingly complimented by sweet spices and a hint of smoke. On the palate it is vibrant and juicy with real opulence shining through. The finish is persistent and ever so slightly sweet as is typical for the region.
The grapes are hand picked and sorted before a cool fermentation and aging on the lees. Only a few hundred bottles of this wine are made each year they are possibly the only producer to make Pinot Gris from this tiny Grand cru which is the third smallest of all of the Grand cru's of Alsace.
The Kientzler family has been growing vines for more than 5 generations in Ribeauville and the surrounding area. As early as 1866, Dominique Alphonse Kientzler had inherited vines from his father and grandfather and in 1895 was involved in the creation of France's first winemaking cooperative in Ribeauville, in addition to running the local grocery shop. His son Alphonse carried on the grocery business while also tending to the vines; he eventually became the Mayor of Ribeauville either side of World War II.