Charles Frey Pinot Gris Alsace AOC 'Cuvée de L'Ours' 2017

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Charles Frey Pinot Gris Alsace AOC 'Cuvée de L'Ours' 2017
Country Fance
Region Alsace
Appellation/Sub-Region Alsace AOC
Grapes Pinot Gris
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Certified Organic, Vegan

The Rhine that separates France from Germany flows between two natural barriers: the hills of the Black Forest to the east and the Vosges mountains to the west. The town of Dambach-la-Ville, where the Frey family has cultivated grapes since the 18th century, backs up to the foothills of the Vosges at the western edge of the plain stretching down to the river. On an east-facing slope protected from the prevailing wind, with granite soils that force the vines to send roots deep into the soil for nutrients, the area’s vineyards are very well situated. Local legend has it that it was an enterprising bear who first discovered the region’s grapes, in the forest above the medieval town. That bear, which remains the symbol of Dambach-la-Ville, serves as namesake for this ‘cuvée de l’ours’. Organically grown, as are all of Frey’s wines, this pinot gris was harvested manually and fermented with indigenous yeasts before aging for six months on the fine lees in barrel. Floral on the nose, with beautiful texture and ripe pear notes on the palate, this medium-bodied white shines with subtle elegance. Certified organic, vegan.