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The Points Cardinaux is a new label for the wine previously known as Pinot d'Alsace. Legally, they can no longer call this wine Pinot d'Alsace, as it's a blend. The new name hints at the four pinots in the wine - P - O - I - N - T - S, could be shuffled to spell P - I - N - O - T - S. And Cardinaux refers to the four directions of the compass, "cardinal points", suggesting the four Pinots in the blend.
This is the same great wine, made from 40% Pinot Blanc, 40% Pinot Auxerrois, 10% Pinot Gris, and 10% Pinot Noir (vinified white). The fruit comes from 2.5 hectares of vineyards with vines ranging from 20-25 years of age in Béblenheim and Zellenberg. They are planted in clay, marl, and limestone soils. The fermentation starts spontaneously and lasts eight months.
Bottled : 29 July 2014 (Fruit Day LD)
Residual sugar : 5,5 g /l (Sweetness index 2/9)
Total acidity : (tartric acid) 5.85 g/l
Final alcohol : 12,7 % vol.
Optimum drinking window : 2016-2022
Total production: 1625 cases
This is a 2/9 on the sweetness scale.