Grauwacke and andesique tuff (compacted volcanic ash) is only present in the Grand Cru Rangen in Alsace. This vineyard was acquired in 1977 by my father Leonard and we were lucky that the established vineyards were properly planted (high density, massal selection…). However, some parts were still abandoned and needed planting. These ‘younger’ vines sometime differ from the older ones and are declassified in this bottling. The character of the vineyard is strong but a slightly higher yield and lower alcohol potential make it a lighter wine, easier to enjoy in its youth.
2/2016: bright yellow colour, almost glowing. The nose shows classic mineral/flinty aromatics. The volcanic rock signature is strong. The wine opens up nicely and gains intensity, showing more rock dust and medicinal plants. The palate is ample, wide, dry and long but keeps a very elegant delicate texture. There is an immediate strong sense of saline mineral touch, almost like biting a stone. The finish combines some nice tannins and acidity, increasing the length. Worth waiting!