Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal - Vendange Tardive 2016

Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal - Vendange Tardive 2016

Technical presentation

Bottling : August 2017
Acquired alcohol : 13.7°
Residual sugar : 49.1 g/l
Total acidity : 3.5 g/l H2SO4 / (5.4g/l Tartrique)
pH : 3.50
Yield : 45 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2021-2041+
Average age of vines : Vineyard planted in 1983
Terroir : Clos Jebsal
Sweetness index : VT
Available for sale : Yes
Soil : Grey marls and gypsum (Keuper), South facing, Very steep slope

Description of the wine Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal - Vendange Tardive 2016

The late growing season and nice dry weather in 2016 made it easy to wait. Unfortunately, the lack of rain and low humidity delayed the development of noble rot. It is fair to say that the concentration was achieved with both the help of noble rot and ‘passerillage’ – natural dessication of the grapes. 2016 comes after 4 vintages were SGN wasn’t possible on the Clos Jebsal. The rich marl soil and steep south facing slope do help to produce very rich wines, but only VTs were produced the previous 4 vintages. Passerillage has an interesting effect on wines: the fermentation is easier (noble rot produces antibiotics) and the wines are usually fruitier.

Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal - Vendange Tardive 2016

Tasting notes

08/2017 : Light gold colour, intense fruity and expressive nose (pears, peach, apricots). The palate is velvety, sweet but not aggressive. It keeps the natural elegance of the wines from that vintage with a long intense finish. The colour will probably remain lighter for longer, due to the influence of passerillage and less botrytis. A wine to keep a long time !