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Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst 2017


Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst 2017

Bottling date :
August 2018
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
62 g/l
Total Acidity :
2.5 g/l H2SO4
pH :
Yield :
21 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
66 years
Terroir :
Marl-Oligocene calcareous. South-South-East facing, medium to steep slope
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Description :

This wine from the Grand Cru Hengst is produced from two very old vineyards, one planted by my grand father Emile in 1948 and the other one was purchased in 1978 from an old winegrower who couldn’t remember when it was planted, but it was ‘well before WW2’…. Even more than their age, it is the selection of grapes that is spectacular and rare nowadays, compared to the modern clones of that grape, so far away in taste and quality potential. Gewurztraminer and Hengst make one, it is a unique and perfect marriage, made possible by this clever and knowledgeable selection made precisely for this place. All clonal plantations made in the Hengst after were pulled out recently. They never were able to produce a wine that could compare with the older ones. Gewurztraminer is in fact a red wine, hiding in a white (well, gold) livery and with some sweetness. The iron rich, red coloured marl soil of the Hengst bring power, tannic structure and nobility to this great grape variety, to often criticized for its varietal expression. The 2017 production is small, was made from very healthy crop and shows beautiful potential.

Tasting Notes :

3/2019 : Yellow gold colour. The nose shows real richness and density that will be confirmed on the taste. Aromas of ginger bread, cinnamon, honey and pepper bring an extra dimension. The absence of noble rot allows to keep an elegant, almost delicate, palate but most of all, a purity that only limestone can bring to this grape. The mouth is soft, long, round, well balanced, showing great harmony. There is generosity on the finish that hides the tannic structure, so well needed to guarantee a long ageing potential.