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2014 Pinot Blanc

Kuentz-Bas

2014 Pinot Blanc Kuentz-Bas - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

The historic Kuentz-Bas estate is producing some of its finest wines in recent memory. While winemaker Samuel Tottoli crafts stunning Rieslings and Pinot Gris from several esteemed grands crus, his everyday whites, like this Pinot Blanc (actually a blend of Pinot Blanc with Auxerrois), garner the most recognition: consistently delivering terrific value, they do not disappoint. Samuel’s key is to treat his more modest bottlings with as much care and respect as his most coveted cuvées, always seeking to showcase terroir by minimizing intervention in the cellar. Farmed according to organic and biodynamic principles, the fruit ferments wild after being pressed and racked into the domaine’s ancient wood foudres, where the wine naturally completes its malolactic fermentation for additional texture and length. Not many entry-level whites are made this way anywhere in the world, and the result—elegant, clean, and dry with abundant apple, pear, and peach fruit, floral nuances, and a focused minerality—suggests Samuel may be onto something. –Anthony Lynch

$14.95
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Pinot Blanc, 30% Auxerrois
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Kuentz-Bas
Winemaker: Samuel Tottoli
Vineyard: 25 - 45 years, 4 ha
Soil: Loess, Silt, Limestone
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Alsace

Tragically, Alsace might be the most misunderstood wine region of France. In spite of its long history of viticulture and tremendous diversity of pedigreed terroirs, a past fraught with marketing mishaps has left consumers baffled as to what exactly to expect inside one of these mysterious tall, thin bottles.

The good news, on the other hand, is that a new wave of quality-oriented growers is working hard to put Alsace in its rightful place as one of the world’s most fascinating sources of fine white wine. By embracing tradition, respecting terroir, and making a concerted effort to better communicate the countless virtues their wines have to offer, they have succeeded in putting Alsace back on the map.

Crafted from a number of grape varieties and beautifully interpreting the region’s mosaic of soil types, our Alsace imports are by and large dry whites offering exceptional versatility at table. While each of these selections is ready to be uncorked tonight, the finest among them are also capable of maturing for many, many years in a cool cellar. Expect kaleidoscopic aromatics, lively acidities, and loads of terroir transparency in these skillfully crafted masterpieces. Enjoy a foray into the thrilling world of the world’s most underrated wine region, and certainly do not hesitate to contact our sales staff with any questions as you take off on this mouth-watering adventure.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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