The Clos Häuserer is located at the bottom of the Hengst hillside in the village of Wintzenheim. This little Clos was created by my father Léonard in 1973, the year he replanted this vineyard. Not being able to give it the real name of the area (because part of the GC Hengst), it was named after the small road adjacent to the vineyard: Häusererweg (the ‘road to the houses’). The Clos Häuserer enjoys big climate variations (hot and cold) which are only slowly transferred to the roots, as the soil is very deep and rich in marl. The first wine was produced in 1975 from young vines, and since then this Clos has been extremely consistent in quality. The 2013 fermented very slowly, due to some high acidity and higher ripeness. It kept more sweetness than usual for a longer time and today (March 2015) we are not sure it has finished fermenting!
3/2015 CASK SAMPLE: the nose shows ripe white fruit aromas. Quite intense with a slightly more straw yellow colour than many other Rieslings in 2013. The palate shows great acidity, and the sweetness only really shows on the mid palate. There is a clear mineral cold limestone mouthfeel that gives a powerful structure but also great elegance. One could almost forget the sweetness! There is an immediate attractiveness in this wine, but, with no doubt, it will age very well.
8/2015: the Clos Häuserer 2015 is finally in bottle! The wine was active for a very longtime but eventually settled for a demi sec balance, probably due to the high acid vintage influence. The colour is now bright pale yellow. Very pure nose showing ripe fruit aromatics but also some mineral stony notes (flint). Elegant and delicate palate, the sweetness is beautifully balanced by the structure of the wine and leaves a fresh finish. This wine should open up in the first months of its life.