|Acquired alcohol :
|Residual sugar :
|Total acidity :
|4.2 g/l H2SO4 (6.4 g/l Acide Tartrique)
|Optimum tasting :
|Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain
|Sweetness index :
|Available for sale :
|Sedimentary volcanic rocks (Tuffs & Grauwake), South facing, Very steep slope
Description of the wine Pinot gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain 2000
If the Riesling was harvested very healthy, the Pinot Gris was harvested with some noble rot, especially the vineyards closer to the river. The steep south-facing volcanic hillside of the Rangen must definitely breeds special wild yeasts, capable of extreme fermentations. Despite the noble rot, and I really thought that this wine would become a VT like the Riesling, it was able to ferment vigorously transforming a lot of sugars.
12/2001 : It still has an important residual sweetness, but the acidity and the power of the wine compensate it. On the palate, the strong peaty character of the Rangen adds to its structure, comforting our decision not to sell this wine under the Vendange Tardive label.
The Rangen de Thann is the most southerly of the Alsace vineyards. In his book « Where Alsace wines ripen », Henry Riegert writes: « from the Middle Ages those wines which ripen on the Rangen hillside figure amongst the most famous growths of the whole vineyard region ». The Grand Cru Rangen de Thann, is situated at the exit of the valley, overlooking the village of Thann with the river Thur passing at the foot of the slope.