Riesling Brand Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2010

Riesling Grand Cru Brand Vieilles Vignes 2010

Medium Sweet WIne
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Technical presentation

Bottling : March 2012
Acquired alcohol : 13°
Residual sugar : 33.5 g/l
Total acidity : 5.8 g/l H2S04
pH : 3.1
Yield : 17 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2015-2035+
Average age of vines : 60 years
Terroir : Grand Cru Brand
Sweetness index : 3
Soil : Biotite Granite, South facing, Steep slope

Description of the wine Riesling Grand Cru Brand Vieilles Vignes 2010

The Brand vineyard is located in one of the most precocious and warm vineyard area in Alsace. The combination of well drained warm granite and a climate that brought enough humidity in August explains why this vineyard developed so much noble rot so early. Most years we have the possibility to separate the noble rot affected grapes from the healthy ones, but this wasn’t possible in 2010. In fact, the clusters with the highest proportion of noble rot produced a Vendanges Tardive, and, the rest produced this wine which still reached high level of concentration. The fermentation was the slowest of any Riesling in 2010, probably due to the very high acidity, really amazing for this kind of vineyard, and sugar ripeness.

Riesling Brand Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2010

Tasting notes

03/2012 : Being one of the last Riesling to finish fermenting, this wine still shows strong fermentation character (lees, slight reduction) and the more pure fruity aromas will take some time to come out. Usually Brand is one of our most aromatic wines and this one will not be an exception. It just requires more time. The palate is model of harmony between a relatively high sweetness and great sharp acidity. This wine tastes much drier than what one can expect in seeing the residual sugar. The finish is long and delicate, with complex citrus and minerals notes. Amazing ageing potential.