|Bottling :||August 2014|
|Acquired alcohol :||12.5°|
|Residual sugar :||68.0 g/l|
|Total acidity :||4.2 g/l H2SO4|
|Yield :||18 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2018-2038+|
|Average age of vines :||30 years|
|Terroir :||Clos Jebsal|
|Sweetness index :||5|
|Available for sale :||Yes|
|Soil :||, Grey marls and gypsum (Keuper), South facing|
Description of the wine Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal 2013
This small 1.3ha vineyard was reconstructed by my father Léonard after he managed to gather small pieces from 6 different vineyard owners. Abandoned after WW2, mostly due to its severe slope and very small size, it was planted in 1983 with Pinot Gris. The deep, rich marl gypsum soil has the capacity to remain cool and fresh and the vines would never suffer from drought in this precocious and warm vineyard in Turckheim. Pinot Gris ripens very well there and is regular like a clock in producing last harvest style wines. How foolish were we not to think that was the case in 2013 when we harvested this vineyard, because now we cannot claim VT status for this wine, which obviously tastes like one!
3/2015: bright yellow colour. The nose is very characteristic of noble rot and there is an immediate sense of over-ripeness: intense honeyed aromas, exotic fruits, quince… The palate is unctuous and very round. The sweetness isn’t shy and present right to the finish. Excellent acidity and minerals bring structure and freshness. This is a very expressive wine, but there is no exaggeration. The rich marl in the Jebsal soil brings the cooling element necessary to this type of wine, so there is no sense of heaviness. Please treat this wine like a proper Vendange Tardive.
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