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Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal 2011 Vendange tardive

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Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal 2011 Vendange tardive

Bottling date :
September 2012
Alcohol :
13.5°
Residual sugar :
71.0 g/l
Total Acidity :
3.5 g/l H2S04
pH :
3.7
Yield :
39 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2015-2026+
Average age of the vines :
28 years
Terroir :
Grey marls and gypsum (Keuper). South facing, very steep slope

Description :

True to itself, this little 1.3ha Clos is located on a gypsum fault line, rich in marl, at the bottom of the Brand vineyard, where all conditions required to produce noble rot are presents. The Clos Jebsal is the only vineyard on the estate where we decided to do a Selection de Grains Nobles at the same time as we harvested this Vendange Tardive. The warm and sunny climate of 2011 wasn’t ideal for acidity preservation, so we didn’t aim for the ultra-rich style but more for a perfect balance between acidity/sweetness/alcohol, so this late harvest could remain an elegant wine.


Tasting Notes :

2/2013: the nose shows great delicacy despite still being quite discreet, without the classic heavy noble rot influence. The pale yellow color is also quite unusual for a late harvest wine. Concentrating on the nose, it is possible to see subtle floral aromas (lily) and a complex minerality (wet stones, clay). The grape variety is hard to recognize. From start to finish, the palate shows a pleasant sweetness again without heavy botrytis character. Long lees contact has left also some nutty/toasty aromas in the wine. Moderate acidity, but the wine expresses a quiet easiness and delicious mouth-feel, probably due to the high phenolic ripeness of the grapes.