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The trouble with Alsace
28 Jul 2011 by Richard Hemming
For over 200 tasting notes on every conceivable style and variety of Alsace wines, see Alsace - 10 top producers and Alsatian allsorts . When is a Pinot Blanc not a Pinot Blanc? When it’s an Auxerrois. And that’s no joke. Within the appellation rules of Alsace, a bottle of Pinot Blanc need not contain any Pinot Blanc at all. Indeed, most are a blend of Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc, but may also contain Pinot Noir (vinified white) and Pinot Gris. This matters because such allowances make for an appreciable difference in flavour profile. Tasting a host of (apparent) Pinot Blancs in Alsace recently illustrated those differences,...

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