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Pinot-Gris Roche Calcaire 2018


Pinot-Gris Roche Calcaire 2018

Bottling date :
January 2020
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
4.6 g/l
Total Acidity :
3.4 g/l H2SO4 / (5,2 g/l Tartaric)
pH :
Yield :
60 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
28 years
Terroir :
Indice :

Description :

This wine is mostly the second wine of Pinot-Gris from the Clos Windsbuhl. Sometimes, small volumes of other single vineyards (Heimbourg and Clos Jebsal) can be used in addition, depending on vineyard selection we are doing. The old vines of Pinot-Gris in the Windsbuhl were planted in the 1960s or earlier. When we acquired the Clos in 1987, some vines needed to be pulled out (wrong grape or rootstock) and were replaced partly with some Pinot-Gris between 1988 and 1992. These ‘younger’ vines are not used in the Clos Windsbuhl and all go into this cuvée. However, the vineyard signature is well present: good acidity, elegant racy palate…. but also a tendency to keep residual sweetness if the ripeness goes just slightly too high. It is therefore very important to pick at the right moment, and Pinot-Gris can evolve very quickly, which was done perfectly in 2018. The wine was able to ferment dry from very healthy grapes.

Tasting Notes :

4/2020: Clear yellow colour. There is an immediate sense of ripe white fruits (peach, pears) and citrus aromas on the nose, with an almost ‘Riesling like’ character. The palate is refined, elegant and the dry finish adds to the complexity of the wine. Good length, medium power, so drinkable! It really is a very convincing Pinot-Gris and a style we would like to achieve exactly like this every year!

Awards :

Wine Enthusiast - 93
James Suckling - 93
6 Nov, 2020 – Plenty of apple-ring and dried-pear character, plus a whiff of honeycomb on the nose. But this wine isn’t so much about aroma as the creamy texture and delicate, chalky minerality that counterpoints it. Quite low in acidity, but still fresh and enticing. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.
Vinous - 92
The 2018 Pinot Gris Roche Calcaire is a beautiful wine. Apricot, chamomile, orange peel and wild flower all grace an airy, weightless Pinot Gris built on finesse and understatement. Light tropical accents add layers of nuance over time. The Roche Calcaire is mostly young vine fruit from Clos Windsbuhl. It has all of the flavor signatures of its sibling, but with less palate weight and overall depth.