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Classification: Appellation Alsace Grand Cru Contrôlée
Area of Production: Gloeckelberg is the name of the vineyards by the appellation Alsace Grand Cru, divided between the villages of Rodern and Saint-Hippolyte in Alsace, north eastern France. Soil composition: sand and sandstone.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Gris
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and crushed; after a gentle pressing,the must obtained is fermented with selected yeasts at 16-18°C. once this phase is Completed, the wine is stored in stainless steel tanks where it matures until bottling.
Longevity: More than 10 years
Alcohol Content: 13,5% Vol.
Service temperature: 10° - 12° C.
Pairings: Pinot Gris is a wine with a strong personality that it goes well with dishes with intense flavour. is the white wine of the alsace region, which accompanies with more brio, the dishes are usually reserved to red wines. The pairing with wild game, marinated or less, veal, pork, poultry, especially if prepared with sauces marked flavour, roasts, kidneys, risotto, mushrooms, cereals (maize porridge, flat bread of wheat or corn,...) makes it the wine of autumnal dishes.
In Alsace, along the famous baeckeoffe. The balance between the material and the freshness allows it to capture the combinations of sweet/salty. Foie gras, fresh, sautéed, or prepared in preserves, is exalted by his presence. All these qualities make Pinot Gris a delicious aperitif wine.
Notes: A famous legend claims that in 1565 the baron Lazare de Schwendi, who served the House of Austria in the struggle against the Turks, he brought with him in Alsace, and some of the vines from the town of Tokay, in Hungary.
The owner of the lands in Baden and Alsace, he ordered to multiply the plants in Kientzheim (where there is still his castle, the property of the Confrérie Saint-Etienne). At the time, in fact the wine-growing regions of european countries, dreamed of producing the finest Tokay of Hungary, produced from the grape Furmint. But, according to the theory of different ampelografi, it is likely that the grapes brought by Lazarre de Schwendi did not correspond to the famous Hungarian wine. With the name of the Grauer Tokayer, it would have been replaced with the Pinot gris is originally from Burgundy and is famous for its quality and for the faculty to produce very concentrated wine.
In addition to the aspects of the ampelographic and taste, the Pinot Grigio has attracted the attention of the wine world to the troubled history of the various names assigned to it. Called the Grauer Tokayer before 1870, it was in the course of the centuries, called Tokay gray, Tokay d'alsace, Tokay Pinot gris and finally, from the first of April 2007, the Pinot Grigio.