The Windsbuhl was created in the 14th century while belonging to the Habsburg (Austrian-Hungarian Empire). It was part of large hunting estate. The vineyard lies on top of the village of Hunawihr on a small calcareous hill (6.5ha) with a facing that turns from east to south on a medium to steep slope. The Windsbuhl is characterized by a late ripening climate which explains the usual good acidity balance and delicate texture of the wines, reinforced by the rocky limestone soil. Gewurztraminer wasn’t an obvious choice here, and probably without the presence of old vines already planted when we acquired this Clos in 1987, we couldn’t have guessed how successful it can be. The 2013 was harvested with little noble rot but good ripeness/acidity balance. The fermentation left some sweetness in the wine.
3/2015: elegant fresh and exotic nose (a combination of citrus, litchi fruits and floral aromas). No excess and complex. Only a great vineyard can achieve this level of intensity for Gewurztraminer without making the wine taste simple. The palate has a medium power and the acidity brings the structure necessary to create a perfect harmony. Long finish with no excessive weight. This wine shows a complex simplicity and is dangerously likeable at this early stage.