Domaine Paul Blanck

Frédéric and Philippe Blanck

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Kientzheim
People: Blanck Family, Owners | Philippe & Frédéric Blanck, Winemaker

Items

Domaine Paul Blanck 2015 Pinot Blanc, Alsace AOC Login AG 90 In Stock
Domaine Paul Blanck 2014 Pinot Gris, Alsace AOC Login WS 92 AG 90 In Stock
Domaine Paul Blanck 2012 Pinot Gris, Patergarten, Alsace AOC Login WS 92 AG 88 In Stock
Domaine Paul Blanck 2014 Riesling, Alsace AOC Login WS 90 In Stock
Domaine Paul Blanck 2015 Riesling, Alsace AOC Login AG 89 In Stock

Dating to the 17th century, Domaine Paul Blanck represents an exemplary synthesis of history and tradition flawlessly combined with innovation, the net result of which in an invitingly diverse range of stylish, eloquent and lively wines. Comprised of 36 hectares, all of which are farmed without the use of chemical insecticides, Blanck vineyard holdings including several "lieux dits" (vineyard designated parcels) and a full one-third lie in Grand Cru vineyards, including the celebrated Schlossberg and Furstentum sites. This diversity of terroir coupled with traditional Alsatian varietals provides a style and flavor for everyone among the Blanck family of wines. The sons, Frederic and Philippe work incessantly under the supervision of Bernard and Marcel, the sons of Paul Blanck.

A Dynasty of Winemakers: In 1610, Hans Blanck, the family's Austrian ancestor acquired the first vines in Alsace. In 1846, Jacques Philippe Blanck obtained a medal for his work as a winemaker. In 1927, Paul Blanck and a handful of other winemakers were recognized as the driving force behind turning the site of Schlossberg into a pilot site for a future grand cru. In 1975 with the creation of the grand cru appellation in Alsace, Schlossberg was the first to be assigned this appellation. In 1985 came a new generation of winemakers: Frédéric and Philippe. Their main preoccupation is respecting the vines and the soil.

"We are forever searching with passion and respect to enable nature to express itself in our wines. We wish to share with everyone the force and diversity of the Alsace; the richness of the grape varieties and the 'joie de vivre' of its people." - Frédéric and Philippe Blanck

"Frederic Blanck is eloquent in his expressions of traditionalism and viticultural idealism." - Robert Parker, Jr.

"Brothers Philippe and Frédéric Blanck make a harmonious team at this family estate located in the heart of the small town of Kientzheim. Philippe is in charge of communications and sales while Frédéric makes the wines. Roughly 80% of Blanck’s production is exported, and their wines are among Alsace’s easiest to find outside of France. From a strictly commercial point of view, the estate’s most important bottlings are those in their “Classiques” line-up, which are generally far above average for entry-level wines from Alsace; Blanck declassifies all of the must from their young grand cru vines into this range of wines. Even better, these inexpensive wines speak clearly of both their variety and their region, and are usually fairly dry. However even Blanck’s grand cru wines are characterized by early appeal and easy-drinking charm, and they are some of Alsace’s best food wines. Philippe Blanck described both the 2013 and 2012 vintages as 'very classic.'" - Vinous Media 4/2015

YouTube Links
Paul Blanck Tasting at Cream 11/2010

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Reviews

  • Paul Blanck 2012 Pinot Gris, Patergarten, Alsace AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (11/15/2014)

    This mineral-driven white offers a rich, smoky vein underscoring its juicy palate of dried apricot, passion fruit, beeswax and fleur de sel. Mouthwatering and silky, this ends with a lasting, spiced finish. Drink now through 2024. 600 cases made.
  • Paul Blanck 2012 Pinot Gris, Patergarten, Alsace AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 88 (4/1/2015)

    Pale straw. Livelier and more floral on the nose than the 2013, but then quite sweet in the mouth, with rather one-dimensional tropical fruit and pear flavors. Finishes with a trace of alcoholic heat. Seems a little disjointed at present, so I suggest cellaring it for another year to allow it to harmonize in bottle. Drinking window: 2015-2020
  • Paul Blanck 2014 Riesling, Alsace AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (10/15/2015)

    Crisp and minerally, this linear white has a lip-smacking palate of crunchy white peach and pear fruit, accented by apple blossom, ginger and pleasing salinity on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2024.
  • Paul Blanck 2014 Pinot Gris, Alsace AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (11/15/2016)

    Creamy and well-balanced, with ripe Asian pear, spun honey, green almond and singed orange peel notes.
  • Paul Blanck 2015 Riesling, Alsace AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (3/23/2017)

    Luminous straw-green. Lemony apple and white flower aromas are complemented by a mineral nuance. Bright and juicy, offering crisp flavors of apple, nectarine and aromatic herbs lifted by lively acidity. Not the most complex wine you’ll ever taste, but balanced and fresh. Finishes long and classically dry.
  • Paul Blanck 2014 Pinot Gris, Alsace AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (3/23/2017)

    Bright straw-yellow. Soft orchard fruit scents along with lemon peel and honey on the nose. Then compellingly sappy flavors of crystallized citrus and stone fruits that are rich, ripe and sweet (though the official numbers indicate only 6 g/L of residual sugar). Finishes with very good length and a pure, perfumed finish. Off-dry rather than dry, but pretty irresistible, this Pinot Gris is best paired with richer foods like fish or scallops in cream sauce. With wines like this one, even if on the richer end of the scale, it’s easy to understand why Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio can be such a crowd-pleaser.
  • Paul Blanck 2015 Pinot Blanc, Alsace AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (3/23/2017)

    Bright golden-tinged yellow. Sweet spices, butter and ripe pear on the nose. Then creamy in texture, offering gently honeyed and spice nuances to the ripe orchard fruit flavors. Finishes quite rich and long; this is surprisingly lively for a wine with 40 percent Auxerrois, which tends to give honeyed, luscious wines not especially characterized by lip-smacking acidity (the other 60 percent of the blend is Pinot Blanc).