Roland Schmitt 2017 'Altenberg' Pinot Gris Grand Cru, Alsace, France
Domaine Roland Schmitt 2017 'Altenberg' Pinot Gris Grand Cru, Alsace, France
The Schmitt family has been making wine from its vineyards in Bergbieten since the early 17th century, and Roland Schmitt began working them when he was fourteen years old and took over the estate in his early twenties with his young wife Anne-Marie. Together they replanted many of the vineyards and steadily began making a name for themselves locally and all over Europe as producers of excellent, moderately priced German styled white wines.
- Winemaker: Anne-Marie Schmitt
- Farming: Organic
- Variety: Pinot Gris
- Terroir: Altenberg de Bergbieten is the only Grand Cru vineyard in the village of the same name. The Schmitt’s own a good portion of it, and produce wines of all three Grand Cru grapes from this site. It is perfectly situated with an ideal southeast exposure and sedimentary soils consisting of gypsum, chalk and well-drained clay. This combination is unique in Alsace, and the wines have a unique expression of minerals and bright fruit.
- Vinification: The Schmitts vinify their wines in the traditional style. This means a cool fermentation of a hand picked harvest in stainless steel vats, and very little if any residual sugar is left in the wines
- Tasting Note: This Pinot Gris has an intriguing nose of nuts and some citrus. Over time, some tropical notes should develop as well. Possessing just a small percentage of residual sugar, it has high minerality and super length and volume in the mouth. Very intense, but refreshing and poised. Expect this to fill out even more while retaining it’s essential mineral backbone over the next ten