Noble Expression 'Vorbourg' 2017 — Pinot Gris
A Wine That
tastes as if Bacchus, the God of wine, has flown down from the heavens himself to serve this wine to you. It feels like velvet and tastes like a tropical bowl of fruit met a spice souk. Candied orange and mandarine peel with wild thyme, raspberry confit and white tea, it is sweet but never cloying. It's so delightful that you wonder how the liquid in the glass can come from grapes, and nothing sweet you taste again will ever quite compare. (Half bottle)
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- Winemaker: Jean-Pierre Frick
Where and How?
In the sleepy Alsatian town of Pfaffenheim, Jean-Pierre Frick has quietly and continuously worked according to his polar beliefs of how vines should be tended and how wine should be made. His key ingredient in both cellar and vineyard is a simple one: time.
The Vorbourg Grand Cru vineyard is found in front of the Isenbourg château of Rouffach. It is planted on clay-limestone marl soils, with sandstone and loess.
Sorted painstakingly in the vineyards, this is a wine made solely from grapes affected by botrytis - "noble rot."
Jean-Pierre Frick has captivated the world with his philosophical musings and his spellbinding no-sulphur wines. From humble beginnings here in Alsace, his winemaking style and biodynamic farming methods arose from conversations with friends and family, combined with a desire to follow nature’s path. In the late 70s he learnt about biodynamics from friends, and he took a 10-day course to study the philosophy in-depth. He says,
“The organic culture at the time hasn’t really changed compared to what it is now. By replacing synthetic products with non-chemical products - that’s a good step of course, it’s better for the microbiome of the soil and it helps against erosion. But by replacing a bad recipe with a better recipe, you’re still not really involving the person’s thinking. With biodynamics, however, you can live for 100 years and still never have answered the questions it raises. You expand your mind with observations and infinite studies. Human beings aren’t here to follow recipes, we’re here to find new ones, and to implicate ourselves.”