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
eRobertParker.com - 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