The late ripening character of the 2013 vintage made us choose to separate some parts of the Rangen (planted in the late 70s and 80s and mostly on the top part of the Clos). The strong character of the vineyard is still present in this wine, so we chose to bottle it apart despite the very small volume (14hl). The Rangen is always fighting between its very solar exposition/warm soil and its cool late ripening climate. It is always a wonder to see how well it can ferment, despite the later picking, especially if the wild yeasts are not annoyed by some noble rot presence.
3/2015: pale straw, yellow colour. Intense aromatics which oscillate between fruit (quince), spices (pepper) and smoke flavours. Very dry yet elegant mid palate. Pinot Gris offers interesting tannin extraction possibilities when the stems and grapes show perfect ripeness. This wine definitely shows how a white wine can be close to a red wine in structure. Quite powerful finish with good acidity that bring freshness. Not at all the classic easy Pinot Gris but a great food friendly wine.