Bentz Pinot Gris Bech-Mâcher Gottesgôf 2021
JoJo Bentz should be the center of this story. Why? Because JoJo is a gardener living in the center of the adorable village of Remich, a Moselle enclave in Luxembourg. Her plot of about 1 hectare is equal parts vegetable and herb garden, topiary, arboretum, picnic area, pond, and event space. It is THE finest bit of landscaping that surrounds any winery we visit. And all of it comes from JoJo, the mother of the young and talented winemaker Carole Bentz.
Even though JoJo demands more ink in the future, today let's talk about Carole instead. I introduced you to her a few weeks ago while talking about her delicious sparkling wine--a wonderful Crémant de Luxembourg that you immediately gobbled up*. But today, our final offer of the summer season, is reserved for three white wines that are in my opinion, some of the best bottles I've come across this year. They are made, and then tasted of course, right smack in the middle of JoJo's garden. After visiting with 6 other Luxembourgish wineries, with mixed results, my two fellow travelers looked at me while tasting with Carole and said something like, "now we're onto something dude."
Alas, we're here today to talk about Riesling and Pinot Gris--two of my very favorite white varieties in the world. And somewhat like the Baur wines from Alsace that I offered you earlier in the week, these Bentz whites bridge a gap between French and German. They feature the high-toned aromatics that one should expect from these varieties--peach, oleander, honey; but in the palate they are super fine and complex, almost spritely on the tongue, with a lively acidity and freshness. I really appreciate how low alochol they are as well, considering that YES, they are dry wines.