"This is much more linear and intense with a bright and energetic fruit and acid tension. Aniseed, sliced apple and pear. Full and crisp finish. Drink now." September 2015
" Sleek and smoky, this is Pinot Gris in a more linear format, with racy acidity and a streak of minerality driving the palate's creamy Asian pear, orange granita, honeysuckle and blanched almond notes. Offers a long, lacy finish. Drink now through 2026. 40 cases imported." September 2016
Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2013 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand is sourced from a parcel planted in 1960 and another planted in 1990. Very clear, precise and slightly smoky on the nose where ripe pip fruit aromas are displayed, this is a lush, sappy, piquant and mineral Pinot with elegance, a firm and crystalline character, and a good and stimulatingly salty finish. Bottled with 6 grams per liter residual sugar, this is a virtually dry and still very young Pinot Gris. Excellent.
"Located in Niedermorschwihr and from a total of 14 hectares, Jean Boxler produces an impressive range of great dry Alsatian wines, most of them Rieslings but also remarkably good Pinot Blancs and Gris, Sylvaner, Gewurztraminer and -- at least in 2013 -- a picture book Muscat from the Grand Cru Brand. The vines root on very shallow granite soils in and around Niedermorschwihr, which give them an inimitable purity, finesse and crystallinity combined with precision and minerality.
The best cuvées are sourced in the Grands Crus Brand (where Boxler holds 1.9 hectares) and the extremely steep and mostly rocky Sommerberg (4.35 ha), which is shaped like an amphitheater and divided into three adjoining sections that are indicated with capitals on the wine labels: E for Eckberg (up to 400 meters in altitude, very stony, the latest of all Boxler plots), W for Wiptal (less stony and 8-10 days earlier than the Eckberg, thus planted with Pinot varietals), and D for Dudenstein (adjacent to the Pfoeller, very steep, with 70 year-old-vines on deeper soils consisting of granite on the top and Muschelkalk in the subsoil). Besides these, Jean Boxler also selects a generic Sommerberg and a Jeunes Vignes (JV) selection that is marketed as Réserve in the US.
Next to the Sommerberg and rather flat is the Pfoeller, a shell limestone single vineyard planted with Riesling and Gewurztraminer that give broader, more full-bodied and less finesse-full wines compared to the Sommerberg. In the Brand Grand Cru, Boxler cultivates 70 are of Riesling, 50 of Pinot Gris, 25 of Gewurztraminer, 10 of Muscat and 35 are Pinot Blanc. To Boxler, the Brand gives the less interesting though more fruity wines because the soil is less stony and the altitude is not as high.
"'I am searching for the finest expression of terroir. That's why I prefer the leaner, more crystalline and precise character of the Sommerberg wines.'
Boxler, who runs the domaine since 1996, works the soils 'wherever this is possible.' He doesn't use any fertilizers or herbicides since 2003, but is not certified organic. In the cellar he keeps all of his wines on the lees with no single racking until the bottling 11 months after the harvest. 'I don’t want a longer élevage because this would change the style I prefer.'" October 2015