Turckheim Tradition Pinot Blanc yields a delicate aromatic nose and an invitingly ripe, fleshy palate with excellent balance. Its medium-bodied character provides a versatile accompaniment to a variety of dishes, such as grilled fish, chicken, salads, and quiches.
|Style||Dry, White, Medium Bodied, Orchard Fruit, Delicate|
|Dietary||Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable|
Vineyard and Winery
Produced traditionally by winemaker Jean Michel Lihrmann. This 100% Pinot Blanc is blended from 80% Pinot Blanc Auxerrois and 20% Pinot Blanc. The grapes are selected from vineyards with diverse soils - limestone, granite, gravel, marl and sandstone - which impart different characters and styles to the overall blend, and harvested by hand and machine, depending on site. Pneumatic pressing, temperature controlled fermentation, no fining and light filtration before bottling - all to preserve fruit and aromatic qualities and elegance. Michel's enduring approach is to make wines with good acidity and fruit balance.
About the Producer
Widely regarded as one of the best co-operatives in the world, Cave de Turckheim lies at the mouth of the Munster Valley. Working closely with 180 partners, its vineyards span the full breadth of Alsatian terroir and grape varieties. Cave de Turckheim only produces wine from the grapes of its member growers, it is a récoltant not a négociant.
Substantial investment in the winery has enabled the team to vinify many parcels of grapes separately, offering Michel Lihrmann (senior winemaker for 25 years) the chance to highlight each wine's nuances in his signature dry, yet fruit forward, style.
Committed to producing the highest quality wines, growers are encouraged to keep yields low - for example, Cave de Turckheim voluntarily caps yields for its Grands Crus vineyards at 45hl/ha rather than the permitted 55hl/ha - and to pick the grapes by hand. This is part of a long term and innovative strategy of sustainability that includes developing the largest holdings of organic vineyards in Alsace, using natural alternatives to chemical treatments, and a green overview of all vineyard practices. Alongside some great organic wines, the extensive range runs from the excellent value Tradition wines right through to individual Grand Cru bottlings, plus fantastic Crémants d’Alsace and Vendange Tardive dessert wines.
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