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Domaine Rolly Gassmann, Brandhurst de Bergheim Pinot Gris

France | 2016
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£26 a bottle

Brandhurst de Bergheim Pinot Gris is a brilliant yellow in colour with golden reflections. On the nose are pronounced aromas of pear, apricot and yellow fruits with hints of caramel. The complex and luscious characteristics carry through to the palate, balanced by a refreshing acidity on the long finish.

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Origin

Domaine Rolly-Gassmann owns 2.47 hectares of vineyards in Bergheim which sit on Jurassic marl limestone soils. These ancient soils help to produce rich and elegant wines. The lieu-dit Brandhurst de Bergheim is located at 240 to 300 metres above sea level on south-east facing slopes, which aid ripening. Organic and biodynamic practices are used to manage the vineyards, although the Domaine is not certified.

Producer

While the winemaking history of the Rolly and Gassmann families in Alsace can be traced back to the 17th century, the Domaine was not established until 1967 when these two families were joined by marriage. Now run by second generation Pierre Gassmann, the domaine boasts 52 hectares in the Haut-Rhin region, 40 of which are in Rorschwihr and 10 in Bergheim. The family is known for their remarkable collection of vintages; they age and store up to five years’ worth of stock – around 1.5 million bottles – and only release wines that they feel are ready to drink. This particular vision led Pierre to create an impressive new winery, completed in 2019 and nicknamed ‘The Cathedral’ by the locals. This six-tier, state-of-the-art construction, built into the hillside, has brought their gravity-fed vinification facilities, cellar and panoramic tasting-room under one roof.

Grape Variety

100% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Due to the location of the vineyard to the cellar, the grapes arrived at optimal freshness. Upon arrival, the fruit was immediately pressed by gentle pressing for 6-8 hours. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks, using indigenous yeasts, for approximately five months at controlled temperatures of 16-20º C, with malolactic fermentation allowed. The wine was then aged on its fine lees for 11 months before bottling, remaining in the cellar until ready for release.

Food Match

Goes perfectly with rich dishes, aromatic preparations, fine poultry, large white meats, marinated terrines, all dishes with cream or mushrooms.

Additional information

Country of Origin

Food Pairing

Marinated Terrines, Mushrooms, Poultry, White Meats

Grape Variety

Other

Practising Biodynamic, Practising Organic

Region

Alsace

Style

Fruity & Aromatic Whites

Vintage

2016

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