Dirler-Cadé Schimberg Pinot Gris 2016
Alsace is where Pinot Gris is at its rich, textural best. This biodynamic, single vineyard Gris demonstrates that very very well. Balancing out its generously fruited, unctuous palate is lengthy, mineral freshness. The lieu-dit Schimberg sits on a west facing slope of volcanic soils tucked up beside a forest. It’s an extension of the Grand Cru vineyard of Kitterlé and is devoted only to Pinot Gris. Hand picked fruit is fermented and aged on lees in foudres, the large wooden barrels traditionally used in the region.
Dirler Cadé is an 18 hectare estate in the village of Bergholtz, in the south of Alsace. Jean Dirler and his wife Ludivine, are the fifth generation at the helm and manage their vineyards, including 4 Grand Cru sites, with biodynamic practices. They’ve been certified since 1998.