DOMAINE WEINBACH “Cuvée Ste. Catherine” Pinot Gris 2017

(Alsace, France) $56

If you don’t believe pinot gris can have complexity and mind-bending concentration, you must try this.  Domaine Weinbach, built in the early seventeenth century as a Capucin monastery, has been owned and run by the Faller family since 1898, and specifically by the women of the family since the 1980s when Colette and her daughter Catherine were among the first women ever to lead and manage a winery in France. Since 2016, Catherine has been joined by her sons, Eddy and Théo. The beautiful monastery estate sits at the foot of the hill Schlossberg (“Castle Hill”), and the surrounding vineyards are known as the Clos des Capucins. Domaine Weinbach’s wines are among the most elegant and expressive in all of Alsace. They have a purity to them that can seem absolutely regal. The pinot gris Cuvée Ste. Catherine is a stunning example. Rich, creamy, minerally, smoky, and nutty, it is dense in flavor yet soars with freshness. Pinot grigio it is not. (14.5% abv)

93 points KM

Available at Millesima-USA

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