Despite its southern location, the Rangen is a very late ripening vineyard. Both altitude (350m to 450m) and proximity of the Vosges Mountains make it regularly the last vineyard to be harvested. Most years, the dark rocky volcanic soil combined with the extremely steep south-facing slope helps the vineyard to catch up late in the season and acquire astonishing physiological ripeness. In 2013, the climatic conditions made it difficult for the younger vines, so we only kept the oldest plantations in the Rangen. Yields were extremely small, even smaller than 2012 and the result is a vineyard concentrate Rangen wine. It was one of the fastest to finish it’s fermentation, which was surprising because usually the later the harvest, the longer the fermentation.
3/2015: the nose shows intense mineral rock influence. There is no denying of the origin here. Still tight and dense, it also boasts strong smoky aromas, typical of this vineyard. Lots of gunflint and smoke again on the palate which is racy and elegant. The small yielding vines have produced a concentrated wine but not exuberantly powerful. One could almost say that there is a nice austerity, almost expected in this style of wine. Long lasting finish with great structure, ripe tannins and acidity. Deserves some time in the glass in order to fully open up and show all its potential. Please keep!