Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Pinot Blanc, AOC Alsace – 2019

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  • Introduction

    • The Alsace region of France is known throughout the world for its lovely, dry white wines. Vineyards were first planted in this narrow valley during the height of the Roman Empire. Maison Pierre Sparr was established by the Sparr family in 1680 in the desirable Haut Rhin. Today quality remains Pierre Sparr’s primary focus and the winery consistently exceeds AOC guidelines.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Alsace Controlée
    • Location: From Thann in the Haut Rhin to Kintzheim in the Bas Rhin (80.5 kilometers, or 50 miles, north to south)
    • Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand harvesting; sustainably farmed; no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
    • Size: 5 hectares (12.4 acres)
    • Vine Age: 30 years
    • Soil: Granite, limestone, gneiss, chalky-clay
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): Early to mid-September
    • Yields: 70 hectoliters per hectare (5.2 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • Gentle whole cluster pressing, no skin contact, temperature controlled, no malolactic.

    • Aging: Stainless-steel tanks
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Blanc
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • TA: 4.8 g/L
    • RS: 3.4 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Pale yellow in color, this wine is clear and brilliant. The nose is fresh and delicate. Aromas of white fruits and flowers prevail. On the palate, fruit flavors evoke peaches and lime. A dynamic, ripe acidity refreshes, while the fine minerality gives the right tension.