Producer: Iconic, low intervention winemaker Christian Binner [of the legendary Domaine Binner] established ‘Les Vins Pirouettes’ as a resource for organic and biodynamic grape growers to bottle their own wines, rather than sell their grapes to cooperatives. “Each cuvée is made at a young grower’s winery, where they supply the grapes and Christian supplies his 20 years of expertise in making natural wine in Alsace.” The name of the grower is featured in the name of the particular cuvée.
Winemaking: Vines are 40 years old in silt loess soils, from Stéphane Bannwarth at Domaine Bannwarth [certified organic]. Hand-harvested, destemmed, native yeast spontaneous fermentation, aged on the fine lees 9 months in concrete and oak vats, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
Tasting Notes: Apricot, peach, grapefruit, lanolin, herbs, chalky minerality, wisp of peat smoke circled with tingly acidity and light bergamot black tea tannins. Blood orange, rose petal, lemon infuse the flinty mineral finish. Burnished, glimmering, ever-evolving.
89% Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris blend fermented with 7% Gewurztraminer, 4% Muscat
$27 [average price]