|Bottling :||August 2015|
|Acquired alcohol :||12.5°|
|Residual sugar :||10.5 g/l|
|Total acidity :||4.0 g/l H2SO4|
|Yield :||19 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2017-2029+|
|Average age of vines :||29 years|
|Sweetness index :||2|
|Soil :||Calcaire Oligocène, South/South East facing, Very steep slope|
Description of the wine Pinot Gris Heimbourg 2014
The Heimbourg vineyard is located on a small south-west to north-west facing little hill at the east of Turckheim. The top part, more exposed to the winds and with a thinner soil, is perfectly adapted to the Pinot-Gris grape. Not receiving the full intensity of the sun in the morning means also that this vineyard ripens the grape slower, slows down the apparition of botrytis and can keep a nice acidity balance. In 2014, it wasn’t possible to allow too much botrytis development. The fermentation was slow and eventually the wine finished fermenting with a small residual sweetness. This vineyard also produced a very small yield in 2014.
2/2016: gold colour, bright and luminous. The nose is already quite expressive and shows good fruit ripeness. Of all the Pinot-Gris in 2014, this is the one that changed the quickest and from being closed it is now showing glorious white fruit aromatics (quince, pears,…), honey and some stony character. Pure and elegant with some light roundness on the middle palate, this wine has a beautiful delicate texture. It finishes with a nice power and a creamy/velvety mouthfeel. The sweetness is really very discreet and brings a lot of charm to this wine.
The wines produced on the Heimbourg are rich, opulent, often spicy and can include noble rot. The slower ripening of the grapes often produces wines that are aromatically expressive from a young age, contrary to its neighbour the Clos Jebsal with whom we have to show patience.