The Grand Cru Rangen is the southernmost vineyard in Alsace, but in fact it has late ripening characteristics. The higher altitude (350m to 480m elevation), the proximity of higher summits and the depth of the valley bringing cold winds explain why the budbreak is much later. With the extremely steep slope comes also a natural draft that also follows the river at the bottom of the Grand Cru. All these characteristics explain why the Rangen didn’t suffer from frost damage in 2017. Yields are small, despite higher vine densities (10000 vines/ha). The sedimentary volcanic rock produces interesting high surface clay and is naturally rich in minerals. It allows the vine roots to grow deep and find stability in soil that looks incredibly poor on the surface. The Rangen behave incredibly well in 2017 and it was a real pleasure to find a normal crop there, that also fermented extremely well.
3/2019: bright intense yellow colour. The nose is powerful, dominated by the volcanic rock with flinty smoky aromas. It opens eventually on more fruit but also an almost medicinal character. This wine needs patience. The palate structure is dense and tight, complex, mostly built on the saline minerality and tight tannic extract. The acidity brings freshness, but isn’t the most important part of the wine. Enthusiastic wine that needs serious attention from the tasters.