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Riesling Clos Häuserer 2018


Riesling Clos Häuserer 2018

Bottling date :
January 2020
Alcohol :
13.0 °
Residual sugar :
8.2 g/l
Total Acidity :
4.3 g/l H2SO4 / (6.6g/l Tartaric)
pH :
Yield :
55 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
Planted in 1973
Terroir :
Calcareous Marl (Oligocene period). Very gentle slope.
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Description :

The Clos Häuserer was planted by Léonard Humbrecht in 1973. He united many smaller vineyards on that small bench tucked between the Grand Hengst and the Häusererweg (The road to the houses, referring to an old Roman settlement from the 6th century). The vineyard took the shape of a big square, surrended by 3 walls, so he called it Clos Häuserer. The name of the lieu-dit is in fact ‘Unterersoedlen’ which is also partly included in the GC Hengst. The Clos Häuserer enjoys a precocious climate, which is in fact counter balanced by a gentle, almost flat, east facing and a very deep rich marl soil. The larger amount of clay makes it warm up very slowly which reflect on the style of the wine: high acidity, slow to open, very slow to ferment! The 2018 vintage allowed for beautiful ripe grapes and as usual, it was the last wine to finish fermentation in 2018.

Tasting Notes :

4/2020: Clear lemon yellow. The nose is complex, yet still quite closed, tight, needs aeration and time to eventually reveal very pure citrus/mineral aromas. The palate could almost be described as monastic and severe, showing a fierce acidity. However, the high mineral content brings salivation and actually enhance the length of this wine. The finish is pure and precise, no doubt here that this wine will age beautifully.

Awards :

James Suckling - 96
6 Nov, 2020 – Very flinty nose that’s still pretty closed, but with aeration, floral and beeswax notes slowly emerge. This has stunning concentration, but is still tightly wound. The acidity makes this extremely straight, but it is so silky, right through the super-long finish. Will be great with lobster in a couple of years. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but better from 2022.