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Henry Fuchs

Pinot Gris



Pinot Gris was formerly locally called Tokay, but now has its proper name - the grape is a natural clone of Pinot Noir. Fuchs has planted 1.91 hectares of the grape on the fine Muhlforst slope of limestone near Hunawihr. From deep, clay-rich, very sun-exposed soil between Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr. Round, fairly strong wine with open nose of peach and pear; elegant and mineral for a Pinot Gris. Solid structure and some residual sweetness.


Pinot Gris blev lokalt tidligere kaldt Tokay, men har nu sit rette navn - druen er en naturlig klon af Pinot Noir. Fuchs har plantet 1,91 hektar med druen, her fra den fine Muhlforst skråning af kalksten nær Hunawihr. Fra dyb, lerholdig, meget soleksponeret jord mellem Ribeauvillé og Hunawihr. Rund, ret kraftig vin med åben næse af fersken og pære; elegang og mineralsk for en Pinot Gris. Fast struktur og en anelse restsødme.


Country: France

Region: Alsace

Winery: Henry Fuchs

Year: 2021

Type: White

Grapes: Pinot Gris

Alcohol: 14%

Aging: Oak barrels

Closure: Cork

Winemaking: Organic



Henry Fuchs is a small domain from 1922 in historic Ribeauvillé with a total of 10.5 ha., Including plots in Bergheim and Hunawihr. Paul Fuchs and children deliver high quality wines that combine pure ecology (certified 2011) with gifted craftsmanship. Emphasis is placed on gentle field work, where the microbiological life of the soil is as little as possible. For example there are natural weeds between the vines, which are mowed and not plowed. Chemical fertilizers and herbicides are not used. Harvesting is done by hand, the grapes are pressed very gently before fermentation and the use of sulfur is minimized.

Henry Fuchs er et lille domæne fra 1922 i historiske Ribeauvillé med i alt 10,5 ha., inklusive parceller i Bergheim og Hunawihr. Paul Fuchs og børn leverer vine af høj kvalitet, der forener ren økologi (certificeret 2011) med begavet håndværk. Man lægger vægt på skånsomt markarbejde, hvor jordens mikrobiologiske liv generes så lidt som muligt. F.eks. er der naturligt ukrudt som bunddække mellem vinstokkene, som slås og ikke pløjes. Kemisk gødning og ukrudtsmidler bruges ikke. Der høstes i hånden, druerne presses meget blidt før gæringen, og brug af svovl minimeres.

General grape descriptions

Pinot Gris

This white-wine-producing mutation of Pinot Noir is enjoying a wave of popularity perhaps greater than it has ever known, and certainly on a wider geographical scale, even if it is relatively rarely known by its true French name Pinot Gris. Until recently Pinot Gris was probably known mainly in Alsace (as Tokay d'Alsace), northern Italy (as Pinot Grigio) and in Germany (as Grauburgunder or occasionally Ruländer). Today however it is known and increasingly planted in less classic wine regions, from Mendoza and Monterey to Marlborough. 

Pinot Gris is one of the darkest-skinned grapes producing white wine, rivalling Gewürztraminer for the redness of its berries. The grapes can vary from grey-blue to brownish pink, sometimes on the same bunch, and the resulting wine tends to be quite deep golden, even copper-toned. It is relatively soft, rarely has very marked acidity, can also be relatively high in alcohol (depending on how ripe the grapes are when picked) and as well as being full-bodied can have quite a spicy perfume (though in a much less specific way than Gewürztraminer).