Riesling Calcaire 2009

Riesling Calcaire 2009

Dry Wine

Technical presentation

Bottling : September 2010
Acquired alcohol : 14°
Residual sugar : 4.3 g/l
Total acidity : 4. g/l H2SO4 (6.4 g/l Acide Tartrique)
pH : 3.3
Yield : 69 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2013-2029+
Average age of vines : 26 years
Sweetness index : 1
Soil : Marl-Oligocene calcareous

Description of the wine Riesling Calcaire 2009

This Riesling is part of the ‘Calcaire’ range that we started with the Pinot Gris in 2006. In fact, it was produced by accident in 2009! We still had a lot of 2008 in cask during the 2009 harvest and 2009 was a larger crop than usual. It eventually became important to allocate the right size of cask for each wine, and we made two mistakes, under estimating the crop of Clos Häuserer and Heimbourg. We eventually blended together the two ‘leftovers’ and, because it is serious wine, kept it aside. The resulting wine shows a little bit of both vineyards, but above all, has this limestone signature: structure, power, length and minerality. There is no doubt that this is a very interesting wine and the kind that we might not produce again in the future, hopefully !

Riesling Calcaire 2009

Tasting notes

02/2011 : Like any limestone based Riesling in 2009, the nose shows strong minerality, stony aromas, almost gunflint. The palate is ample, long, surprisingly dry but also quite round. The massive structure also brings certain warmth. Decantation is required here to allow the wine to breath and express all its potential.