The vines used to produce this wine were planted between 1988 and 1992 on the Clos Windsbuhl in Hunawihr. Following the purchase of this vineyard in 1987, some parts of the Clos needed replanting because the rootstock, clone or density weren’t correct. Today, these vines are getting closer to the quality of the older vines (funnily all planted according to high quality standards!) but there is always a small gap that separates them, mostly a yield difference and botrytis quality. In general, 2009 wasn’t a big noble rot vintage, but the Pinot Gris in the Clos Windsbuhl was an outstanding exception. We preferred not to allow the younger vines to go to far, unlike the old vines, so these grapes were harvested earlier. Fermentation lasted about 4 months and finished with some sweetness left in the wine.
2/2011: the nose already shows a nice mineral quality as well as honeyed, dried fruits aromas. The palate is elegant and hides the richness of the wine very well. Residual sweetness is well present on the finish but so is the acidity that lightens up the finish. Already quite showy, but it should continue to develop in the next few years. Pleasurable wine!