Josmeyer, Grand Cru Brand Pinot Gris, AOC GC Alsace, Grand Est, France, 2010
This wine: lot No. none, so a single bottling run; biodynamic, varietal pinot gris, uncoated natural cork closure stained to 60% length, 14% abv, ex-producer, €32.90 (07/16)
Consumer tasting note: a golden hued Alsace pinot gris, rich, strident, and complex, with a profile of ripe stone fruit, pineapple, honey, a whiff of tea rose and a spicy savoury edge; full bodied with a velvety almost oily texture, off-dry with more than balancing acidity, with rich stone and tropical fruit again on the palate. A long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 2-3 years, but not improve – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears [no deposit].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of yellow peach, honey, pineapple, caramelised baked apple, dried apricot with a lick of toffee, touch of spice, a rich floral tea-rose like whiff, a touch of beeswax, a savoury edge.
Palate: off-dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, a smooth almost oily texture and a low-key grip, with flavours of tinned yellow peach, pineapple juice, caramelised apple. A long length, with a clean finish of yellow peach and pineapple juice, on a low-key grip.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced fresh acidity with alcohol and residual sugar, altogether in keeping with the strong intensity and full body; a quite strong intensity with similar concentration, showing a much better than moderate complexity, with evidence of time in bottle (caramel, honey, toffee); finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 2-3 years – well balanced, showing an advancing tertiary dimension, currently balanced by pleasing notes of rich stone and tropical fruit.