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Riesling Calcaire 2009


Riesling Calcaire 2009

Bottling date :
September 2010
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
4.3 g/l
Total Acidity :
4.0 g/l H2S04
pH :
Yield :
69 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
26 years
Terroir :
Calcareous-Marl from the Oligocene period, very gentle to steep slope
Indice :

Description :

This Riesling is part of the ‘Calcaire’ range that we started with the Pinot Gris in 2006. In fact, it was produced by accident in 2009! We still had a lot of 2008 in cask during the 2009 harvest and 2009 was a larger crop than usual. It eventually became important to allocate the right size of cask for each wine, and we made two mistakes, under estimating the crop of Clos Häuserer and Heimbourg. We eventually blended together the two ‘leftovers’ and, because it is serious wine, kept it aside. The resulting wine shows a little bit of both vineyards, but above all, has this limestone signature: structure, power, length and minerality. There is no doubt that this is a very interesting wine and the kind that we might not produce again in the future, hopefully!

Tasting Notes :

2/2011: like any limestone based Riesling in 2009, the nose shows strong minerality, stony aromas, almost gunflint. The palate is ample, long, surprisingly dry but also quite round. The massive structure also brings certain warmth. Decantation is required here to allow the wine to breath and express all its potential.