Alsace: Léon Beyer 'Réserve Personnelle' Pinot Noir 2018
A crisp, ripe Alsace Pinot Noir from the long-established Beyer family. With delicate summer berry scents and flavours supported by ripe tannins, this is a fruity, earthy, burgundy-rivalling Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir is the only Alsace grape variety grown to produce red (or rosé) wines. Léon Beyer's Pinot Noir is characteristically fruity with hints of cherry. Structured, yet light with a definite 'tarry' Pinot Noir nose. Ideally serve lightly chilled - with charcuterie, cheese or even fish.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Cheese, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2020 to 2024.|
|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|
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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