Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Cuvée Romanus

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 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. Read more