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Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl Trie Speciale SGN 2007 Sélection de Grains Nobles

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Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl Trie Speciale SGN 2007 Sélection de Grains Nobles

Bottling date :
August 2010
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
380.0 g/l
Total Acidity :
6.1 g/l H2SO4
pH :
3.5
Yield :
8 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Far away
Average age of the vines :
30 years
Terroir :
Muschelkalk calcareous (Trias), South South-East facing. Medium slope

Description :

Since we started to cultivate the Clos Windsbuhl in the late 1980’s, we realized that this late ripening vineyard had the potential to sometimes produce some rich late harvest wines. The poor calcareous soil and cool climate of the Clos Windsbuhl help the grapes to keep high acidity and therefore the wines from this vineyard have an excellent structure. It is impossible for us to decide wether this vineyard is at his best for dry wines or sweet wines, as both styles retain the vineyard characteristics, show excellent minerality and are harmonious. Certainly the vintage conditions would influence the style, and if 2007 produced very healthy Riesling, the Pinot Gris allowed some beautiful botrytis to set on the oldest vines. We only did one selection and the result was quite amazing, almost unexpected, at 217° Oechslés or 32% potential alcohol. The fermentation was similar to the Clos Jebsal Trie Spéciale and both wines were racked the same day, early January 2009. As we are only about to bottle the 2005 vintage today of the same wine, I expect this one to need many more months/years of ageing in cask before bottling time.


Tasting Notes :

2/2009: forget about this wine at this moment. It is pure botrytis juice, with incredible acidity and structure. The wine shows already fascinating aromas of citrus, honey, bee wax, nuts but it is far too early to speak about it today. Watch for the next comments in a few years…