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Riesling Clos Windsbuhl 2018

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Riesling Clos Windsbuhl 2018

Bottling date :
January 2020
Alcohol :
12.5°
Residual sugar :
7.9 g/l
Total Acidity :
5.4 g/l H2SO4 / (8.3g/l Tartaric)
pH :
2.80
Yield :
55 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
2023-2044+
Average age of the vines :
44 years
Terroir :
Muschelkalk calcareous (Trias), facing South-East, medium/steep slope.
Indice :
1

Description :

The Riesling is planted on the upper part of the Clos, facing south-east, where the soil is the thinnest and most rocky, enjoying a dominating position over the Alsace valley floor. Muschelkalk is an old sea bed limestone, not too alkaline and rich in certain minerals like magnesium. The vines benefit from a cooler late ripening climate which explain the high acid and delicacy of the wines from the Clos. The Riesling Windsbuhl is traditionally the last non VT wine harvested on the estate. The grapes benefit from a long growing season, without gaining unnecessary sugar richness. Like most wines with low pH and high acidity, the fermentation was very slow.


Tasting Notes :

4/2020: Clear pale lime yellow colour. The nose is expressive, powerful and yet leaves a sensation of tightness and severity. One can detect the classic Windsbuhl light reduction on the nose. There is fruit about to come out if one is a little patient. The palate is so elegant, racy, delicate! The acidity is saline and ripe, but constitute the backbone of the wine. The finish is strict, feels very dry and leaves the palate light. This wine combines in the most beautiful manner a vigorous power and elegant lightness


Awards :

Wine Enthusiast - 95
James Suckling - 95
6 Nov, 2020 – Powerful and firmly structured, this imposing dry riesling is still very closed, showing just hints of ripe orange, kafir lime and lemon balm. Incredibly focused on the concentrated palate with a very long finish that’s cool, dark and mysterious. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2021.
Vinous - 96
One of the standouts in this range, the 2018 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl is incredibly vivid in the glass. Time in the glass brings out myriad layers of flavor and dimension. Orange confit, crushed rocks, mint and more exotic notes all meld together in an airy, weightless wine that has so much to offer. The 2018 is at once intense but also carries itself with a real sense of grace.