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Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2011

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Gewurztraminer Calcaire 2011

Bottling date :
September 2012
Alcohol :
13.5°
Residual sugar :
36.0 g/l
Total Acidity :
3.4 g/l H2S04
pH :
3.5
Yield :
58 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2013-2026+
Average age of the vines :
30 years
Terroir :
Oligocene calcareous, facing West, severe slope
Indice :
4

Description :

As of the 2011 vintage, there will be no more Gewurztraminer Wintzenheim, and just like the Gueberschwihr and for the same reasons, this wine will now be called ‘Calcaire’. Sadly, the few remaining winegrowers still active in the ‘Village of the Winegrowers’ (translation of Wintzenheim) are not interested in keeping the name of the village in their viticulture heritage despite the fact Wintzenheim is the home of a few very interesting vineyards. In order to preserve it, a communal action would have been necessary and also accept to produce less (Village maximum is 72hl/ha versus Alsace which is 80hl/ha). This wine was harvested early in order to avoid excessive ripeness and the grapes were quite healthy with little noble rot. However, potential ripeness was quite high! Despite a vigorous fermentation, the wine finished with some residual sugars.


Tasting Notes :

2/2013: pale yellow color. This wine shows today an incredibly refined nose with great aromatic persistence. Despite a high ripeness, the nose shows delicate and refreshing aromatics, typical of this wine, where ancient rose, leather and musky spices combine together. The palate is elegant as well as firm. The residual sweetness does not bring any heaviness, on the opposite; they allow a better integration of the tannic structure. Great resistance to evolution in an open bottle that shows good ageing potential as well.