Pinot Gris can come in many forms, so look for the cues on the label.
Wines simply marked “Pinot Gris” and from recent vintages, will be a darker, slightly golden colour, and might be dry or off-dry, with a spiced nectarine and mango fruit roundness that yearns for food flavours to work with.
As the wines you find are older, or from one of the “Grand Cru” vineyards, you will find the wines will be more likely to be off-dry and have developed a smoky, musky note with more wax and intense exotic fruit, almost honeyed or with dried fruit, but still fresh on the finish. These are a great match for richer dishes or spicier foods.
Finally, if you find one marked Vendange Tardive (VT), or Selection de Grains Nobles (SGN) you will find one of life’s truly unique wine experiences. Pinot Gris manages to keep its freshness while the exotic fruit salad of flavours develops even further with honeyed orange and peach as well as dried tropical fruit, wild floral and musk which can also be a wonderful after-dinner experience on its own.
Go ‘Gris’ when the moment requires something a little more exotic or weighty.