Gewurztraminer Roche Calcaire 2019

Medium Sweet WIne

Technical presentation

Bottling : August 2020
Acquired alcohol : 13.4°
Residual sugar : 2.6 g/l
Total acidity : 3.6 g/l H2SO4 (5.6 g/l Tartrique)
pH : 3.6
Yield : 38 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2023-2037
Average age of vines : 38 years
Sweetness index : 3
Soil : Oolithic calcareous and marls siliceous

Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Roche Calcaire 2019

The sedimentary limestone geology, mostly located on the Vosges mountains foothills in Alsace, has always been the prime choice for producing long lived and structured Gewurztraminer wines. The presence of clay, more or less important, brings a cooler element in the soil, slowing down the ripeness process and preserving better acidity. The presence of calcareous influences the aromatic profile and texture of the wine. They become more spicy, less floral, with a recognisable tighter tannic structure so crucial for the balance of the wine. Gewurztraminer, more than any other in Alsace, requires an accomplished skin ripeness. Failing so can end up in an over aromatic, not complex and bitter wine. The quality of the terroir will help greatly, but so does harvesting later! Since the acidity is naturally low, harvesting later isn’t affecting the wine as much as other grapes that would suffer more from acidity loss. All the grapes going into this wine are sourced from our top single vineyards or Grands Crus, where we would take the younger vines amongst the original older vines.


Tasting notes

02/2021 : Pale yellow colour. The nose shows a restraint, almost mineral, smoky aromatic expression, so typical from a limestone soil. It eventually opens up and reveals ripe citrus, exotic fruits in a very elegant way. The palate shows a surprising freshness and acidity, and finishes with a balanced delicate sweetness. Clearly this wine will benefit from further ageing in order to allow it to express its full potential.