The Brand Grand Cru, followed by the Herrenweg vineyard at its bottom, is our most precocious Riesling vineyard (first to bud-break, flowering…). Granitic soil warms up very quickly. The growth of a vine is directly related to the temperature at root level, which explains the precocity of this site. In a vintage as early ripening as 2011, we never hoped to be able to achieve a dry Riesling Brand. Despite a very high ripeness, a perfect healthy crop and ideal weather probably allowed the wild yeasts to ferment this Brand to almost the last grams of sugar. It took a long time! But the job was done.
2/2013: one would expect this wine to be a fruit bomb, maybe in a few years, but for the moment it displays a complex nose, quite discreet, with wet stones and ripe fruits. There is intensity there, so there is no hiding that this wine will also be long and persisting on the palate. The dry finish is superb, as this vintage has a natural roundness and velvety character. No doubt this wine will age without any problem.