Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' Pinot Noir 2015
An elegant, well-structured Alsace Pinot Noir hailing predominantly from the clay and limestone Grand Cru sites of Pfersigberg. Only 400 cases are produced annually, even in a relatively prolific and excellent vintage such as 2015.
Léon Beyer's Alsace Pinot Noir, like it's Burgundy relative, full of red fruit flavours - raspberry, blackcurrant, currant, cherry. The 'Comtes d'Eguisheim' cuvée is from the best slopes, mostly 'grands crus', and is produced only in good years. It displays maturity, outstanding fruitiness, and exceptional quality.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Vinification||Around one-third of the hand-harvested grapes are de-stemmed prior to a 15-day maceration with pumping over. The wine is raised across new oak (20%), large barrels (foudre) and vat.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Situated just outside the impressive medieval town of Eguisheim, the Beyer family have produced wine in these parts since 1580. The firm was formally founded in 1870 by Emile Beyer who was succeeded by a son and grandson, both named Léon Beyer and both mayors of Eguisheim in their day.
With significant Grand Cru vine-holdings in the communes of Eichberg and Pfersigberg and 23 hectares in total, this domaine has always championed impressive, dry wines that complement the famous gastronomy of the region. These days this important Alsatian house is ably run by Léon II's charismatic son Marc. 75% of their production is exported.
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