|Bottling :||February 2008|
|Acquired alcohol :||13.0 °|
|Residual sugar :||15.4 g/l|
|Total acidity :||4.4 g/l H2SO4|
|Yield :||41 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2010-2025+|
|Average age of vines :||Vineyard planted in 1973|
|Terroir :||Clos Hauserer|
|Sweetness index :||2|
|Soil :||Calcareous Marl from the Oligocene period, Coluvium slope, East facing, Very gentle slope|
Description of the wine Riesling Clos Häuserer 2006The Clos Hauserer is located just below the GC Hengst limit, on a very rich marl limestone soil. For many years in the 1980’s, we really struggled to bring the natural vigour down, in order to avoid diseases and early rot. This can be done through deeper ploughings (force the roots down) and allowing a dense natural cover crop to grow. Naturally, this also allows the vines to be less affected by rainfalls just before the harvest. In 2006, it was a crucial factor! The grapes were very ripe, without any grey rot and kept great acidity. Despite a year long fermentation, the wine still kept some sweetness.
Tasting notes1/2008: the nose is classic Clos Hauserer: lots of minerals, stony aromas, citrus fruits. Still quite closed today (before bottling), but the palate reveals such complexity, that it is easy to forecast a great development. The mouth is characterised with great acidity, certainly responsible for the slightly higher residual sweetness, but just like in 2005, this vineyard almost needs it. The finish is clean and crisp.
This soil rich in clay and chalk gives an important structure to the Riesling grown in the Clos Haüserer. Although this vineyard benefits from a warm and precocious climate, ripeness is achieved much later than the surrounding terroirs.