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Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2006 Vendange tardive

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Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 2006 Vendange tardive

Bottling date :
July 2007
Alcohol :
14.5°
Residual sugar :
74.6 g/l
Total Acidity :
3.7 g/l H2SO4
Yield :
19 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2011-2031+
Average age of the vines :
55 years
Terroir :
Marl-oligocen calcareous. South-south-east facing, medium to strong slope.

Description :

Only the two oldest vineyard in the Hengst qualify for Grand Cru. Hengst is located in a relatively dry climate, enjoying a full sunny south-east facing. There is rich marl above the aggressive calcareous mother rock, but only on very small layer, which explain why this vineyard needs specific climatic conditions to develop enough noble rot to reach late harvest ripeness. Hengst is never a light dry wine, but never is also the sweetest of our Gewurztraminer. The warmer humid weather of September 2006 was actually ideal for botrytis development. A very small cluster selection allowed the final selection to reach high Vendange Tardive richness (last made were 1990 and 1989). The very small yields also explain the very high concentration of this wine. Should there be a wine of the year…


Tasting Notes :

1/2008: the nose aromatics are packed with spicy, leathery, exotic, nutmeg flavours. It is hard to describe a complete profile, such is the nose complex and intense. The palate surrounds the mouth, leaves different coatings, layer after layer. The sweetness is obvious, as it should be in a VT, but I wouldn’t add or take away any. The power and acidity are just right to balance the finish. I could comment this wine forever and ever…