A prestigious and syrupy wine par excellence, this Pinot Gris Sélection de Grains Nobles 2007 has a deep golden yellow colour. It has an intense nose with notes of citrus fruit, honey and candied fruits. On the palate, its over-ripeness bears the features of a vintage full of sunshine; a rich, warm, voluminous and long body is supported by a touch of freshness. This finish combines honey and a particularly pleasant aroma which augurs well for an excellent future.
The Pinot Gris Sélection Grains Nobles is well suited for aperitifs such as fois gras but also in terrine or pan-fried dishes. It also goes very well with aromatic cheeses such as Munster or Roquefort. As a dessert, tarts, pastries and mousses, this wine will go perfectly with it.
To explain the survival of the culture of Pinot Gris in Alsace vineyards since the sixteenth century, the legend says that the plants were brought from the town of Tokaj (Hungary) by Baron Lazare Schwendi around 1565. The Baron, who served at the time the House of Austria in its struggle against the Turks, was a large owner of vineyards in Alsace and Bade. Landowner in Kientzheim (where his castle still exists, owned today by the Confrérie of St Etienne), he ordered them to multiply the Tokay vines. But it is likely that the Pinot Gris, known for its qualities and abilities to produce highly concentrated wines, was substituted for the original variety brought from Hungary. In fact, Pinot Gris hails from Burgund y, where i t is known as the "Beurot.
The name Tokay Pinot Gris was authorized by an EEC Regulation 10 August 1984 to designate Pinot Gris instead of the old and traditional name Tokay d'Alsace.
On November 23, 1993, an agreement between the EU and the Republic of Hungary (Decision of the EEC Council of 23 November 1993 published in OJ EEC of 31 December 1993) states that all geographic names used on wine subject to mutual protection between the two signatories, from 1 January 1994. Accordingly, the term "Tokay Pinot Gris" cannot be used to describe wines of AOC Alsace from Pinot Gris, only the term "Pinot Gris" is allowed since 1 April 2007.
Since 1984, the name SGN has been used to designate high-quality sweet wines made from berries rich in noble rot and harvested by hand. The mention "Sélection de Grains Nobles" must be particularly rich in sugar at harvest time and can only be marketed after 18 months of maturing. The increase in concentration makes the intensity of the grape variety more delicate, beneficial to superior power, complexity and taste.