The Brand VT originates mostly from the Schnekelsbourg section, which is located on the East side of Brand. The soil looks exactly the same, with poor granite sand on the surface, but deeper, only reachable by old vines, there is a layer of marl and calcareous deposit. The Brand/Schnekelsbourg is right above the Clos Jebsal… This little detail explains why the Riesling coming from this area is often slightly more powerful and develops more noble rot. This part of Brand also has the capacity to retain strong acidities which is an important element for late harvest wines. The fermentation was very slow, in two times, but eventually went further than we had initially thought. The final balance is quite unusual as the residual sweetness is not that high and the acidity is spectacular.
3/2012: the nose expresses strong minerality, wet stones and delicate white flowers aromas. The noble rot is almost impossible to detect such is the nose pure and elegant. The palate is firm, extremely tightly structured by a racy acidity. The residual sweetness is so well hidden that I am tempted to give an indice 4 rating to this wine. This wine is not meant for those looking for the highest sweetness but for those looking for a wine with outstanding ageing potential.