Grapes: Auxerrois 12.5%, Pinot blanc 20.8%, Pinot Noir 26.6%, Muscat 6.6%, Pinot Gris 16.6%, Riesling 12.5%, Gewurztraminer 4.1%
Region: Alsace, France
Viticulture: Organic + Biodynamic
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested, sorted in the vineyard, and then macerated as whole bunches for 5 days. The juice is then fermented with indigenous yeast and zero sulfur in stainless steel.
Aging: 7 months in stainless steel tanks
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: None added
Notes from the Importer: “Les Vins Pirouettes” is a collective project launched by Christian Binner, the renowned Alsatian winemaker (part of our book, of course), who’s been making legendary zero-zero wines in his Ammerschwihr winery for more than 20 years. Saddened by the sight of organic and biodynamic grapes being sold for little to cooperatives, Christian decided to encourage these growers to make wine under their proper name instead, thus promoting the idea of soulful terroir wines made with zero nonsense both in the vineyard and the cellar.
Alsace is a great region for this goal, btw: thanks to the Vosges range protecting it from the West, it’s a sunny and dry area, exercising lower disease pressure on the sensitive Vitis Vinifera. And, given its colorful geology, the region is a true patchwork of soils and subsoils ranging from granite to limestone and volcanic plots. Combine it with the 13 typical local varietals and you have the ideal hotbed for a breathtaking span of flavors and styles, especially when respectfully grown; it would be a sin to let them disappear in some insipid cooperative wines.
« Pirouettes » is the name they chose to symbolize the fun they’re having, but also because “these wines are like beautiful artistic figures, the result of certain know-how and mastery. Pirouette is a gesture of freedom, emotion, and joy,” Christian explains. Indeed, it’s an appropriate name for this liberated movement of skillful artisans, and a beautiful legacy for the winemaker who pushed it forward.