Vine varieties: Pinot Gris

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Once known as Tokay-Pinot Gris or Tokay d’Alsace, Pinot Gris has been the only permitted name on labels since 2007 according to an agreement between Hungary and the eu. Pinot Gris was for long underrated in Alsace. It combines some of the spicy flavours of Gewurztraminer with the firm backbone of acidity found in Riesling, giving a wine that ages particularly well. Young Pinot Gris is reminiscent of peaches and apricot, with a hint of smoke, developing biscuity, buttery flavours with age. It can be particularly successful in a Vendange Tardive style.