Bott Frères 2018 Pinot Gris

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Tasting notes
Pears and white peaches; a hint of sweetness in the mouth but finishes dry. Great as an aperitif but also goes well with crustaceans, subtly flavoured fish and roast chicken.

Why we recommend this wine
Alsace is a great place to visit; the architecture, the food and, of course, the wine. We visited the Domaine in 2012 to select these wines (see here).

The wine
This is a classic Pinot Gris. On the eye, clear with tints of straw yellow. The nose has notes of forest vegetation and has a delicate smoky aroma. On the palate it has a full mouth feel, well-balanced and structured.

The wine estate
The Bott Frères family of Ribeauvillé established their domaine in 1835. They “do not manufacture wine, they cultivate it. The greatest care is given to the grape, from ground to glass. The planting, the ploughing and the treatment (of the vines) are practiced in full respect of the environment. The grape harvest is undertaken manually and the output is monitored in order to produce high quality wines. Ageing takes place in century old oak casks.”

Food and wine
Best served with white meat : veal, fowl and some fish dishes such as eel and crayfish. Strongly recommended with foie gras. Also see our guide to pairing food and wine here.

Did you know?
The winery says that this wine has “notes of linden-tree blossoms”. Not knowing what this smell was we Googled it and discovered that it was a rather unfortunate description – for more details you could watch this Mitchell and Webb sketch from the BBC (unless you are easily offended, in which case please don’t watch it).