Pinot_Gris_Rolly_Gassman
2010

Pinot Gris, Rolly Gassmann

France, Alsace

Deep yellow colour, really rich and spicy nose with notes of quince. Quince also features on the palate – really concentrated and textural. There is a good lick of residual sugar, but not sweet or heavy in any regard. Lovely soft spice overlay and a moreish quality, with a long and velvety finish.”

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£17.50

MWS: 97

SKU: 1079. Categories: , .

Origin

Despite its relatively northern location, Alsace is the 2nd driest and warmest region in France after the Mediterranean. The Vosges mountains to the west act as a rain shadow; meanwhile, mountains to the east complete a bowl-like effect in which summer heat is trapped in low lying areas. This special microclimate is perfect for producing ripe healthy fruit.

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Gris.

Vines are cultivated using some of the bio-dynamic principles, a more measured approach than wholehearted biodynamic farming by adapting treatments to the conditions of each vintage. Once in the winery, the Pinot Gris is part fermented in old oak barrels and undergoes extended less contact.

The Gassmann's focus on late harvesting and extended ageing periods before bottling, resulting in wines of texture, balance and character. Their products are characterised by higher residual sugar contents and are well suited to drinking with food.

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Cellar Potential

Drink now and over the next 5 years.

Producer

This estate in Rorschwihr is the result of a marriage between Marie-Thérèse Rolly and Louis Gassmann; the combining of the two family estates means they have 45 hectares of vineyards to their name. Both are the umpteenth generation in their respective families to produce wine, an activity which dates back to the 17th century.

Food Match

Serve with mildly spicy fish and white meat dishes – e.g. a green curry. Also Thai spiced fish soup with lemongrass and coconut. Rich enough to go with a pâté starter (and toast) for a change!

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