Amphorae are all the rage, and sometimes – as in this case – the hype around their use is justified. This Pot Des Fleurs is a beautiful wine that has spent six months on its skins, yet it is elegant and textured. Wonderful stuff. If I recall correctly, the ‘flowerpot’ name is because the first amphorae they tried using leaked, and hence they are now put to another use.
Jurtschitsch Pot des Fleurs Grüner Veltliner ‘Ernte’ 2014 Langenoogs, Austria
11.5% alcohol. Fermented and matured in two 500 litre clay amphorae, bought from Georgia. Gentle destemming meant that the amphora was filled with pretty much intact grapes until two-thirds full, and then topped up with juice. After 6 months, the lid was opened and the finished clear wine was removed (the pressings weren’t used). Beautifully elegant, aromatic pear and peach nose with some pepper and fine spiciness. Lovely texture here with pepper, mint and white peach and pear fruit. There’s some grapiness, too. There’s a bit of earthiness and some green tea character. Shows great purity. 94/100
UK agent: Les Caves de Pyrene
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