|Bottling :||September 2008|
|Acquired alcohol :||9.5°|
|Residual sugar :||227.0 g/l|
|Total acidity :||6.3 g/l H2SO4|
|Yield :||15 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2012-Only God know !|
|Average age of vines :||24 years|
|Terroir :||Clos Jebsal|
|Sweetness index :||SGN|
|Soil :||Grey marls and gypsum (Keuper), South facing, Very steep slope|
Description of the wine Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal 2007 - Sélection de Grains NoblesThis is the second SGN made in 2007 on this vineyard. The first selection was the richest (Trie Speciale) and this one is closer in style to a classic Clos Jebsal ‘Sélection de Grains Nobles’. This little Clos is capable to produce some of our richest and sweetest wines, but this wine is for me what a classic SGN should be from Alsace. The purity and quality of the noble rot was excellent in 2007. It allowed both sugar and acid concentration, without loosing elegant aromatics and without high volatile compounds. The fermentation was relatively fast in this wine (about 5 months) which allowed us to bottle it only a year after the harvest. Of course the finished alcohol is low in 2007 because acidities are extraordinary high.
Tasting notes2/2009: the nose is today showing a combination of classic minerals (wet stones) and luscious fruity flavours. The honey/waxy character is elegant as the botrytis is by far not overpowering the wine. The lower (but normal at this richness) alcohol level make the palate taste delicate and deliciously sweet. The sweetness is perfectly controlled by a very high acidity, which gives a vivacious and lively finish. As with all 2007s, acids were very ripe, so the structure of the wine is firm but not green at all.
The Brand Grand Cru of Turckheim
In the Brand, this variety acquires finesse and elegance (floral and fruit aromas) without ever becoming coarse or too heavy. The Brand always surprises by the precocity of its wines, but whilst expressive young they also have a great ability to age. The nature of this terroir makes it easy to obtain an optimal ripeness whilst retaining a fine acidity