This wine is made from botrytised grapes that were selected within our oldest vines in the Clos Windsbuhl vineyard. The botrytis development was more intense in the Pinot Gris grape variety, and the SGN style was for us the best option. This wine took a long time to ferment (about 15 months), has a superb concentration (182° Oechslés or 26° potential) and great acidity. The Pinot Gris finds in this calcareous vineyard some superb characteristics and aromatic profile. Of course, the late ripening character of the Windsbuhl allows for very clean noble rot but also structure. Such rich wines take a long time to mature and clarify, they are usually bottled only 2 or 3 years after the harvest.
2/2011: this wine is still on its fine lees in cask. The aromas show intense botrytis (honey, bee wax, quince jelly) and also some cask character (vanilla, lees, nutty flavours). The fruit will take more time to come through. The palate is intense, rich, very sweet but superbly structured. Further ageing will help the wine to integrate this richness, but already now it is a real treat to taste it!
9/2013: this wine shows now huge honey, citrus, marmalade nose. Very intense. It is moving in the right direction, very slowly!