Albert Boxler Pinot Noir 'S' 2021

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Albert Boxler Pinot Noir 'S' 2021

Albert Boxler Pinot Noir 'S' 2021

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Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - France

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94 points Wine Advocate Notes

"From a cooler 42-are plot in the south-facing part of the Sommerberg and from 50- to 70-year-old vines, the 2020 Pinot Noir S shows a clear, pretty coolish, refined and very elegant, precise and fresh, ripe sour-cherry bouquet intertwined with lovely flinty and herbal notes. On the palate, this is a full-bodied and intense, fresh and very elegant, well-concentrated and persistent Pinot Noir from granite soils. The finish has hints of tar and is intense and structured, crisp and stimulatingly bitter. The grapes were picked before the Rieslings and macerated with 50% whole clusters for three weeks without pigèage. After the pressing, the fermentation finishes in tanks before the wine is racked into used Burgundy barrels in December for one year. Even for bottling, the wine has never been pumped. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered in December 2021 with a small production of five barrels. The wine represents the place rather than the vintage and thus has remarkable freshness, precision and elegance. 13.5% stated alcohol. Natural cork."

Before opening this bottle, and confident that it would pleasantly surprise, I asked my Burgundian husband what he’d expect from Alsatian Pinot Noir. “I wouldn’t expect it” was his candid answer. How Burgundian, right? But I couldn’t have said it better myself. Boxler’s Pinot Noir S—the “S” stands for grand cru Sommerberg—is anything but expected. Grown on granite soils that retain even less water than their limestone-rooted counterparts, the berries tend to be small and concentrated, ensuring certain robustness. Subtle smoky aromas lead to an ultra-ripe mouthful of black cherry flavors and a fresh, clean acidity that makes for a long, long finish. A wine with intense character and a dancer’s grace. Tasting is believing.

Emily Spillmann