Boeckel Moenchberg Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2019



The best Pinot Gris we’ve ever tasted, this is a breathtakingly impressive fine white.

The Moenchberg lieu-dit is located between the villages of Andlau and Eichhoffen, Grand Cru vineyards with a southern exposure and a distinctive marl-limestone-slate soil. Moenchberg is renowned for producing rich and complex wines even when they are young, recognised by their generous frame and punchy acidity.

It’s this acidity which marks out this Pinot Gris for us. The organic vines were only planted in 2014 but already produce wines of great finesse and depth. Hand-harvested and cold fermented, the wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels.

Straw-gold in colour with a rich, inviting nose of stone-fruit, wild flowers, honey, musk and citrus peel. The palate is ripe, full-bodied and richly layered, fleshy mango and quince jelly framed by a saline minerality, with elements of flint, toasted almond and dried apricot on a dry, elegant and lengthy finish, it’s just sublime.

Serve with fois gras, pork and crackling or even the Christmas turkey, it’ll handle it all.

  • Rich, minerally, complex
  • 750ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2030
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Producer: Maison Boeckel

We knew we were approaching something special as we caught a first view of Mittelbergheim in northern Alsace, a couple of church spires and a mosaic of steeply pitched, reddy-brown tiled rooves, perched above an undulating tapestry of lush green vineyards. A member of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (the most beautiful villages of France association), the village and many of its family wineries escaped unscathed from two World Wars, quite a feat when you consider its frontier location and proximity to the German border.

One of most impressive of these surviving wineries is Maison Boeckel, 5th generation growers and winemakers since Frédéric Boeckel founded the winery in 1853, and today managed by brothers Jean-Daniel and Thomas Boeckel. 24 hectares have been fully converted to organic viticulture in the last decade and the family holdings include a proportion of the prized Zotzenberg Grand Cru vineyards, considered one of the finest in Alsace and the only place Sylvaner can be bestowed Grand Cru status.

The history is etched out of stone in the cellars beneath the winery and family home, a labyrinth of dimly lit rooms and caves, housing tanks, barrels and some very old bottles, modern state of the art stainless steel starkly contrasting with black mould-covered walls and ceilings carved out by hand a century prior. These are long ageing wines, from storied vineyards and a long line of dedicated growers, makers and consumers. "I feel extremely lucky", said Jean-Daniel, "We get to grow the greatest varietals in the world here. I absolutely love Riesling, I enjoy a glass every single day."

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