2011 Alsace Pinot Blanc
The Sun King
Today’s Famile Sparr 2011 Alsace Pinot Blanc is a truly remarkable wine that we simply cannot get enough of!
At first very light on the palate, then the wine settles onto the tongue, becoming voluptuous and round. The wine delivers juicy flavors to the far corners of the mouth, coating the entire palate with… pure joie.
Any fan of Alsatian wines will likely know the Sparr name. It is reported that the famille Sparr has been making wine since the reign of Louis XIV. The Sun King himself likely enjoyed fine Sparr wines. Or so we’d assume.
Very succulent and juicy, drinking this wine is like biting into a ripe pear. A summertime real treat, this wine will really knock your chausettes off!
Perfectly even coloration from the very edge of the glass through to the heart. The wine does not show clear edges as some whites tend to do; overall, we would say the wine looks like a viscous Chardonnay.
Earthy and flinty aromas meld with sweet grapefruit, pomello peel, apricot, tangerine, dried yellow hay, clover honey and sweetgrass.
This wine delivers delicious flavors of blood orange, yellow grapefruit, apricot, sweetgrass, lemon curd, lemongrass, flint and Asian pear.
Really dynamic with flavors that evolve on the palate, starting with concentrated fruit that gives the initial illusion of sweetness. This wine is not sweet, though. Rather, flavors evolve into a lovely tartness that fades very slowly into mineral earthiness.
Enjoy this delightful and refreshing wine with a plate of hard cheese and honey. It would be equally delicious with an open face tartine with goat cheese, figs and arugula.
Spicy Thai or Chinese food would also be fantastic.