Definition - What does Gentil mean?

Gentil is a style of white wine of superior ranking from the region of Alsace, France, which has specific requirements according to AOC regulations.

The blend must be made with local required varieties consisting of a minimum 50% Riesling, Gewurztraminer and/or Muscat with the remaining blend being made of Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and/or Chasselas.

WineFrog explains Gentil

Gentil wine has a historic tradition in the region of Alsace dating back to the 1920s. Originally, it was a wine made with a blend of grapes grown within a shared parcel of vineyards that were harvested, mixed and fermented together.

Today, the category of Gentil wines falls under the quality AOC wine system. Contrary to tradition, and according to modern rules, it is required that the grapes are vinified separately and then blended together.

Gentil is considered the high-end Edelzwicker.

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