When we took the Clos Windsbuhl in 1987, we never imagined how successful the Gewurztraminer would become in this vineyard and how it would capture the delicate structure that characterizes the place. At the time when Alsace is defining what grape variety should be planted where (and which ones would be forbidden), this example shows how much one should be wary of preconceived ideas. Surely, Gewurztraminer needs more sunshine, but the Windsbuhl compensate a cooler climate by a capacity to let the grapes on the vines for longer time, eventually bringing also a better physiological ripeness.
2/2013: the first nose is still a little closed, dominated by spices, smoke and a light torrefaction that add a nice complexity. This is a Windsbuhl which is showing strong ‘Terroir’ characteristics and takes time to open up, but once that is done, it reveals intense citrus fruits, ripe exotic fruits (pineapple, litchi) and more spices (coriander, cloves). The palate is delicate and is capable to integrate the sweetness that almost vanishes on the finish. The tannic richness brings also a saline sensation. The wine almost doesn’t change even if the bottle is opened for days. Great ageing potential.