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2016 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sommerberg “Wiptal”

Albert Boxler
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Not only does Jean Boxler farm some of Alsace’s most prized vineyard sites, but he goes a step further, isolating micro-terroirs within these parcels and bottling them separately. One of three such subzones he has identified from his holdings in the grand cru Sommerberg, Wiptal is a tiny plot situated at the highest point of this precipitous slope. The elevation and thin granite soil—the vines practically cling to the bedrock—result in perhaps his finest Pinot Gris bottling, its ambrosial fruit balanced by a gripping goût de terroir. Just off-dry, it is surprisingly versatile with wintry fare and makes for an exceptionally cozy apéritif on a cold evening.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Gris
Appellation: Alsace Grand Cru
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Albert Boxler
Winemaker: Jean Boxler
Vineyard: 14 – 25 years
Soil: Granite
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 14%

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About The Region

Alsace

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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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