A true varietal Gewurztraminer
Grape variety: Gewurztraminer 100%.
Originally from northern Italy, this is the emblematic grape of our region due to its slow maturation with cool nights developing its full varietal expression. Dry but intensely aromatic.
Harvested exclusively by hand from clay and limestone vineyards in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr.
Age of vines: 30 years.
Yields: 40 hl/ha
Vinification and ageing:
The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention.
After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18° to 24°C, that is 64°F to 75°F).
The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. During the following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale.
All of this wine is sealed with DIAM , a special cork used to avoid the risk of cork taint.
Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989:
Lively young pale green, straw yellow colour, nicely bright and very clear, it clings seductively to the glass.
Very aromatic and perfumed, the bouquet is attractive, fresh, youthful, crisp and clean, very floral and fruit-driven: rose, reseda, lily of the valley, mango, lychee, pineapple, passion fruit.
On the palate, it is a refreshingly dry and joyfully drinkable wine, elegantly filling the mouth with its multiple aromas, while displaying a youthful, dashing character.
This is a true, varietal Gewurztraminer that I really enjoy for its straightforward and spontaneous nature.
The winter of 2010 was particularly harsh, with more than 30 days below zero, and temperatures dropped as far as -17°C. Budburst on 8 April was early, but flowering which began on 10 June took almost 3 weeks to finish due to cool temperatures. July was exceptionally hot and sunny, before cold, damp and rainy weather set in throughout August and into September. Ideal weather conditions returned on 11 September, with not a drop of rain for 6 weeks. Our harvest began on 27 September and ended on 26 October. Maturity reached record levels, the highest for 50 years, with good acidity, similar to 1996. Crop size was 30% below average, and even lower for Gewurztraminer.
Superb wines with magnificent balance, purity and fruit. 2010 is a great classic vintage, with good ageing potential.
Drink it chilled at 8°C, within 2 or 3 years, as an enjoyable aperitif, or serve it with lightly spicy food : Chinese, Moroccan, Indonesian, with lobster, scampi, or strong cheeses: Munster, Maroilles...
Alcohol level: 14.3°