Vieil Armand ‘Happy’ Riesling-Pinot Gris 2020



“An original and gastronomic blend” according to winemaker Guillaume at Vieil Armand, this 50/50 blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris just works so well, the zinging zestiness of the Riesling softened out by the elegant and floral Pinot Gris.

Gold in colour, punchy aromas just leap of out the glass, zesty lime and tropical stone-fruit characters like apricot and mango. Racy on the palate, there’s a piquant, citrus open, softening on the mid-palate with hints of pineapple and pear, and some lovely savoury and floral notes like honeysuckle on the dry finish.

This is dry so works well as a refreshing and different aperitif, but comes into its own with slow-roasted pork, tandoori or satay chicken, or any shellfish, particularly prawns.

The “Happy” range of wines from Vieil Armand have been undergoing organic conversion in the vineyards in the last few years, with the 2020 wines the first to be certified organic.

  • Dry, zesty, aromatic
  • 750 ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2024

Producer: La Cave du Vieil Armand

La Cave du Vieil Armand is one of the smallest cooperative cellars in Alsace, pulling together the vineyards and generational expertise of 80 wine growing families across 10 municipalities. The winery takes its name from the Vieil Armand, the summit of Hartmannswillerkopf mountain which was one of the biggest battlefields of the First World War. It was the French soldiers gave the summit its nickname and in 1958 the vine growers on the slopes of Vieil Armand named their new winery after it (probably thankful for us as Hartmannswillerkopf Gewurztraminer doesn't roll off the tongue just as easily!).

The winery specialises in the Alsation varietals, notably Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner and Gewurztraminer, and produces Grand Crus, Vendages Tardives and Sélections de Grain Nobles (late harvest and noble rot wines), and Crémant d'Alsace. Recently there's been a push towards organic conversion, with the 'Happy' range the first certified organic wines produced by the cooperative with the 2020 harvest.

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