Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Vinification: After the press, the juice is cleaned from solid parts and then routed toward wooden casks or glace tanks where the alcoholic fermentation will take place. Fermentation is achieved by the indigenous yeasts (on the grapevine). A racking is done before the winter where wine clarifies itself naturally.
Cellar Potential: 7-10 years
Sweetness: 2.0 g/L
Leon Beyer Pinot Gris 2016
"This is not a Pinot Gris for the faint-hearted. This wine is very different from its fellow Italian counterparts. When you think Pinot Gris, you think light easy drinking and accessible. Not the case in this wine. The reason being that this is a French, Alsatian style which is known to be spicier and more full-bodied. A magnificent wine that has great acidity and a complex, yet well-rounded flavour profile. This wine can be paired with so many different foods such as game, veal, pork and poultry which one would assume is more fitting for red. No need to plead with this French Pinot Gris!" - Team TFW
Pinot Gris develops a characteristic roundness and opulence. Rich, full-bodied with a well balanced acidity and a long finish, its complex aroma is reminiscent of woodland and is sometimes slightly smoky.
Standing proudly side by side on a wooded crest, "three châteaux", a trio of quadrangular keeps named Weckmund, Wahlenbourg and Dagsbourg - a light, visible for miles, from Eguisheim to Husseren.
Eguisheim is a spectacular wine-producing town, arranged in concentric circles - its circular streets following the traces of three ancient lines of ramparts. The past is deeply rooted here, around the remains of a château, once the cradle of the powerful Dabo-Eguisheim family, the same line that gave birth to Bruno d'Eguisheim, elected pope in 1049 under the name Léon IV and later canonised. The city of the Counts of Eguisheim, which passed into the hands of the Bishop of Strasbourg in the 13th century, had always been at the centre of a flourishing vineyards, as several tithe-collectors' courtyards bear witness. Once the property of the Augustinians of Marbach, the Benedictines of Ebersmunster, the Cistercians of Paris and the Dominicans of Colmar, the buildings still stand today.
The present day vineyard, one of the most extensive in all of Alsace, with its more than 300 hectares, is shared between multiple independent estates and the omnipresent Eguisheim wine cooperative, the zone of influence of which greatly exceeds the local area. It brings together two grand crus: Eichberg and Pfersigberg, of a very considerable area. Each year; at the end of March, Eguisheim hosts the first presentation of the latest Alsace wine vintage.