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2020 Pinot Blanc

Kuentz-Bas
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Year in and year out, Kuentz-Bas proves that you do not need to pay a premium for wines steeped in tradition. Olivier Raffin ferments this dry and generous white wine in foudres assembled in 1894, during the construction of the domaine’s “new” cellar. Given their age and how many vintages of wine they have held, these massive wooden casks no longer impart flavor to the wine. Their main purpose is to allow a slow exchange of oxygen between the inside and outside of the vessel, which enhances fermentation and adds complexity to the aromas. Floral and honeyed, this Pinot Blanc has everything you want in a weeknight white wine and more.

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
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: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Alsace

map of 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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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