We made two varietal cuvees in 2009 and this one, Lot 17M, is significantly sweeter than the other one, Lot 170. In fact, some casks originating from the Herrenweg vineyard (especially the older vines) were harvested slightly richer and the wines kept higher residual sweetness. We used again some grapes from some of our limestone vineyards to balance out the extravagance of the Herrenweg vineyard, and also to create a harmonious combination. Gravely soil can produce very rich wines, but they often need the structure and acidity from limestone vineyards in order to reach a more complex harmony. The fermentation was slightly slower here, and this wine stopped fermenting at a lower alcohol and much higher sweetness. The yields were also less important, which explain the higher ripeness of the grapes. The crop was healthy – there was very little noble rot – so this wine is already quite showing and we feel that it is a very interesting example of rich Gewurztraminer.
2/2011: the nose shows intense rich sweet fruity flavours. The spicy character is still quite hidden into the wine. The palate is very expressive, which is the signature of a richer structure. The sweetness looks impressive on the paper, but actually doesn’t show that much on the finish. The wine retains a great balance that makes it very easy drinking, also helped by a slightly lower alcohol. This is a very showy wine. Of course, it will perhaps be more at ease as an aperitif, with cheese, some desserts and full spicy cuisine.