Only the two oldest vineyards, planted pre WW2 and in 1957, are used to produce our Hengst Grand Cru. They are also located in the middle of the Grand Cru, mid slope, enjoying a south, south-east exposure. The young aggressive Oligocene limestone is only a foot deep under a relatively thin top soil made of marl. The Hengst also enjoys a warm and dry climate, allowing the grapes to achieve perfect phenolic ripeness without fearing early rot. Nobel rot is also quite rare in this vineyard and wasn’t much present in 2012. The fermentation was quite powerful and fast, which is typical of this vineyard.
2/2012: the Hengst shows a pale gold colour, slightly darker than the other wines in this pale coloured vintage. Light citrus fruit struggle to fight the big massive spicy, limestone influenced flavours (light tar, smoke, wet stones). The nose actually becomes more refined with time as it takes a few hours in the glass to lose the reductive influence of the lees. The attack on the palate is gradual and powerful. The big structure covers the entire mouth with an intense, unctuous and dense long lasting wine. The sweetness seems to disappear; the wine is touching the palate almost like a round red wine. True Hengst.