|Bottling :||March 2012|
|Acquired alcohol :||14.5°|
|Residual sugar :||37.0 g/l|
|Total acidity :||4.9 g/l H2S04|
|Yield :||28 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2015-2040+|
|Average age of vines :||31 years|
|Terroir :||Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain|
|Sweetness index :||3|
|Soil :||Sedimentary volcanic rocks (Tuffs & Grauwake), South facing, Very steep slope|
Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru 2010We now have two little vineyards planted with Gewurztraminer in the Rangen vineyard. Both, quite closed to each other, are located directly above the river Thur that runs only a few yards from the first vines. This river plays an important role in the development of noble rot and is a source of heat. The volcanic soil of the Rangen has a powerful influence on the Gewurztraminer grape, as it is capable to diminish the varietal character of the wine and also the aromatic impact of the noble rot. The 2010 was harvest with a fair amount of noble, but it doesn’t really show on the wine, except perhaps on the increase of acidity due to the rot concentration effect. The fermentation was over in 4 months and the wine has a classic balance.
Tasting notes3/2012: the nose is incredibly marked by the vineyard strong character. There is lots of smoke, flint and strong lees character. This wine has yet to open up. The palate is powerful, intense and very long. The good acid balance brings some elements of freshness and helps to hide the alcohol and tannins. More Rangen than Gewurztraminer, this wine will go through time very slowly.
The Clos Saint Urbain, Grand Cru Rangen from Thann
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.