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White wine 

Léon Beyer - Pinot Gris Comtes d'Eguisheim 2005

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RP  91
ST  89
GM  18
The winery : Leon Beyer
Appellation: Pinot Gris (Alsace, Alsace, France)
Price range :  25.00 - 34.99 €   
Other vintages: 2000   Add a vintage
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Technical data

Denomination : Pinot Gris Comtes d’Eguisheim
Origin : Eguisheim - Haut-Rhin (68) Alsace
Vineyards classified Grand Cru Pfersigberg
Nature of soil : Limestone and clay
Vine : 100% Pinot Gris
Vinification : Traditional - completely fermented dry wine
Ageing : 10 - 20 years


Winedecider: 90

About the winery

The Beyer family have been wine-growers in Eguisheim, the cradle of the Alsace wine-producing region, since 1580. In 1867, Emile BEYER founded the "Maison de Vin d'Alsace" (the Alsace wine house, currently run by Léon BEYER, who took over the reins from his father Léon BEYER senior in 1959, and his son Marc.

Léon BEYER offers its clientele a complete selection of Alsace wines, from Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc to the prestigious Riesling, Tokay, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. These wines are presented under a world-renowned label and include special selections, such as the Riesling "Les Ecaillers", the Rieslings, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer "Comtes d'Eguisheim" and even the rare "Vendanges Tardives" and exceptional "Selections de Grains Nobles".

Grapes cultivated on the best slopes of Eguisheim and the surrounding area are the raw material from which are made the prestigious Alsace wines which have forged the worldwide reputation and brand image of Léon BEYER wines, present on the wine menus of the finest restaurant in France, Europe and even the world.

Some of the best local wine-growers renowned for the quality of their production, loyal to Léon BEYER also supply the grapes from their harvests. The firm presses the grapes, vinifies then ages the wine in the finest conditions.

Vinification, done with loving care and attention, combining the rigours of time-honoured tradition and modern techniques, creates a wine for an elite clientele and connoisseurs of great Alsace dry white wines, spirited and elegant, or mellow and sweet, like the Vendanges Tardives or Selections de Grains Nobles.

Approximately 75% of the production of these great, upmarket, Alsace wines, are exported throughout the world and appreciated by some of the most discerning amateurs of great Alsace white wines, in the colours of Alsace, the tradition and prestige of Léon BEYER. 


Advised dishes

  • Fish : Fishes with sauce, Turbot
  • Indian Dishes : Chicken Tikka Massala, Curry, Shrimps curry with coconut milk
  • Thai dishes : Satay
  • French dishes : Gougère, Raclette, Sauerkraut
  • Vegetables : Stuffed- or roasted sweet peppers
  • Sauces : Sweet and sour, White wine sauce
  • Cheese : Quark with salt, pepper and herbs

Consumer Reviews - Léon Beyer - Pinot Gris Comtes d'Eguisheim 2005

Marc Roisin  Vinostar - from 151 reviews    Auderghem  (Belgium)
** Satisfying 
Je suis un peu déçu. Le bouchon était complètement imbibé de vin, je ne sais pas si la conservation été influencée mais le vin m'a paru assez maigre, pas vraiment d'arômes de Pinot Gris, le tout très discret et court. Pas ce que j'espérais.
Tasting date : 27 Dec 2011
Maturity : Mature
Classified in a list 4 years ago

Experts’ opinions
Stephen Tanzer Stephen Tanzer
Pale straw-gold color. Ripe peach, honey and lime blossom on the nose, with a spicy lift from a bit of botrytis. Compared to the Reserve, this is more powerful and serious, showing excellent thrust but a youthful severity today. Finishes with excellent length. This will need a few years to harmonize its elements. The first vintage for this bottling since 2000.
Rating : 89
Robert Parker Robert Parker - March 2008
Beyer’s 2005 Pinot Gris Comtes d’Eguisheim is the first wine to be so-labeled since a vintage 2000 incarnation (an imposingly creamy, honeyed, full-bodied, but heat-free wine that is drinking beautifully today). Dried and jammy peach and plum, white raisin and candied lime, cardamom and toasted nuts all point to grapes of enormous richness and considerable ennoblement of botrytis. The price, unfortunately, is a bit of heat, but the opulence and textural allure of this Pinot Gris as well as its forceful energy and its enveloping finishing richness of pit fruits and nuts are all enormously impressive. Based on experience with other big-boned Beyer wines that displayed low levels of youthful heat, I think it likely that this will evolve interestingly for a number of years – perhaps even a decade – although that is no reason to reject opening a bottle now (or, at least, once the winery releases it for sale).
Rating : 91

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