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Pinot-Gris Clos Windsbuhl 2018


Pinot-Gris Clos Windsbuhl 2018

Bottling date :
January 2020
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
6.3 g/l
Total Acidity :
2.7 g/l H2SO4 / (4.2g/l Tartaric)
pH :
Yield :
39 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
49 years
Terroir :
Muschelkalk calcareous, South/South-East facing. Medium slope.
Indice :

Description :

The Clos Windsbuhl is located on the top of the village of Hunawihr on a soil type that can be found along the vineyards, especially in this area of Alsace: Muschelkalk. Here on the Windsbuhl, the top soil layers are particularly thin and the vines can reach the mother rock very quickly. Located in a late ripening climate, the warmth of the soil and south to south east exposition compensate both altitude and cooler influence from the proximity of the Vosges forest. It actually creates a unique climate explaining the style of the wines from this old historical Clos: aromatic, delicate and expressive, but also strict, racy acidity and austere. Never really powerful, their force comes more from their character than sheer power. The Pinot-Gris is the first grape variety mentioned in the history of the Clos (Tokayer), it is also today the most planted. The vines planted in the early 90s are still today declassified into a second wine (roche Calcaire), and this wine comes from vineyards planted in the 50s/60s/early 70s. Of all the vineyard the domaine cultivates in Pinot-Gris, this is probably the trickiest to harvest at the perfect sugar ripeness. The grapes seem to hide their potential and more than often we regretted not to harvest them slightly earlier. In 2018 that wasn’t the case, and the harvest conditions (very dry weather) also probably helped to keep good wild yeasts on the grapes so the wine was able to fully ferment.

Tasting Notes :

4/2020: Pale yellow colour. He first nose shows the typical Windsbuhl ‘reduction’ and an almost austere tight aromatic profile. Clearly the longer full lees ageing of 18 months has closed the wine, but that’s only for now. A good decantation will slowly make the wine open up, first with toasty/smoky flavours and then more ripe fruits. This is potentially the wine that will take the longest to find its place of all 2018s, but what a potential! The palate is powerful, full flavoured, intense and a with a rich velvety texture on the finish.

Awards :

Wine Enthusiast - 94
James Suckling - 95
6 Nov, 2020 – Don’t expect a lush Alsace pinot gris, because this generous and highly structured dry pinot gris is still tightly wound and the main aromas are smoke, toast, nutty apple and fresh mint. Built to last, though the long finish is supple, it’s fully packed with chalky character. Those who are patient will be richly rewarded! From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2021.
Vinous - 94
The 2018 Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl offers lovely concentration and depth. Apricot, passion fruit, tangerine oil and dried flowers all develop nicely in the glass. I would give the 2018 a year or two in bottle to soften, as it is a bit severe today.