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Kientzler Auxerrois "K" '17

Alsace

Kientzler Auxerrois "K" '17

This is the wine that made me fall in love with the wines of Alsace over 20 years ago.

Yes, everyone knows the greatness of grapes such as Riesling and Pinot Gris. Yet, when I tasted Auxerrois for the first time, it was a revelation.

The Auxerrois varietal is grown primarily in Alsace, but also exists in German and Luxembourg. It is said that the varietal has the same genetic ancestry of Chardonnay, a cross between Gouais Blanc and Pinot. In Alsace, Auxerrois is a confusing subject. Wines labeled Pinot Blanc can include Auxerrois, and often they are blended together. In some cases, there are producers that label wines as Pinot Blanc, but really it is Auxerrois in the bottle.

If you are ever going to be introduced to a style of wine, it is always good to start with the best! That was my introduction, because in my humble opinion, the Kientzler Auxerrois “K” is the most delicious, interesting and complex style of Auxerrois produced.

In Alsace the best vineyards are earmarked with Grand Cru status. The only varietals permitted to be labeled as Grand Cru are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat.

The Kientzler family have been growing grapes in Alsace for 5 generations. The winery is located in Ribeauvillé, and out of the almost 14 hectares of vines they own, over 4 are classified as Grand Cru.

This incredible Auxerrois is simply called “K,”but that stands for something. That something is the great Grand Cru vineyard of Kirchberg. Located in the hills just above the village of Ribeauvillé, this S/SW facing vineyard is composed of marl and sandstone, with a streak of limestone running through it. The Kientzler vines are 60 years-old on average. Some of the greatest wines produced in Alsace are from this vineyard, including this great Auxerrois.

Beautiful aromatics of ripe pear and red apple, the wine gently glides across your tongue, but explodes in the mid-palate with notes of fresh apricot, fruit salad, and mineral. It has the texture of a Spâtlese Riesling from Germany, but with the residual sugar of a Kabinett.

This is an incredible wine to bring to the table at Thanksgiving, although I also love it paired alongside Choucroute garnie!

Perman

France

Details

Producer Domaine Kientzler
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Auxerrois

Acidity

3 / 5

Tannin

1 / 5

Body

3 / 5

Sweetness

2 / 5

Fruity

3 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

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