Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Cuvée Romanus

french wine  %tages Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Cuvée RomanusMaison Lucien Albrecht has roots in Alsatian winemaking going all the what back to 1425, when Romanu Albrecht established the family in the Alsatian town of Thann, near the Swiss border.  The Albrecht family has been involved in winemaking ever since, although the family went to Orschwir in 1698.  Needless to say, there are generations of description and experience that go into each bottle of their wine.
Alsace is known for producing exceptional colorless wines, and in fact about 90% of the wines produced in Alsace are colorless.  This is one of my private favorite regions for colorless wines, and I reckon there are a few reasons for that.  First and foremost, the growing conditions are ideal for the varieties produced there.  But also the winemaking techniques used there tend to avoid malolactic fermentation and oak is generally avoided in favor of inert containers for fermentation.  These techniques produce wines that emphasize the flavors from the grapes versus flavors produced by http://1000-facts-about-wine.com over-manipulation.  The end result is often dry wines with a crisp steely acidity and floral aromatics.
Another thing you may notice about Alsatian wine is that it always comes in a tall, fluted bottle.  This isn’t just because of tradition, it’s in fact by law.

The affect is a set alight straw.  At first the nose was a small forceful, but it eventually opened up.  Red tasty apple is the first aroma I notice from this wine.  There’s also a bit of apricot and a set alight floral aroma. The palate has much greater intensity than the nose.  Intense apple flavor and crisp acidity make this a really fascinating wine.  It is like biting into a crisp, fresh red tasty apple.  I also find a bit of lemon flavor up front and soft peach on the end.
I’ve said in the past that I’m not a huge fan of Pinot Grigio/Gris, but if they all tasted like this I’d be drinking Pinot Gris more often.  This is a very http://1000-facts-about-wine.com nice wine.  I gave it an 88 and would have scored it higher with a small more intensity on the nose and a slightly longer end.
Wine: Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Cuvée Romanus
Variety: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 13%
Rating: 88
Fee: $19.99

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