Cave de Turckheim Sables et Galets Pinot Gris 2017
Widely regarded as one of the best co-operatives in the world, Cave de Turckheim lies at the mouth of the Munster Valley. Working closely with 180 partners, its vineyards span the full breadth of Alsatian terroir and grape varieties. Cave de Turckheim only produces wine from the grapes of its member growers, it is a récoltant, not a négociant.
These Herrenweg vineyards are based in the Fetch Valley, on sandy/pebbly soils created during glacial shifts in the nearby Vosges mountains. Michel uses pneumatic pressing (of whole grapes), temperature-controlled fermentation, no fining and light filtration before bottling - all to preserve fruit and aromatic qualities and elegance. His philosophy is to make wines with good acidity and fruit balance.
Hints of acacia honey, quince and delicate warm spice. Weighty and rich on the palate, balanced with well-judged acidity on the pithy finish. Match with smoked fish, chicken cooked in sauce, especially if with strong flavours such as in Thai or Chinese dishes. Great with Bresse Bleu.