|Bottling :||January 2022|
|Acquired alcohol :||13.5°|
|Residual sugar :||0.8 g/l|
|Total acidity :||4.3 g/l H2SO4 (6.6 g/l Acide Tartrique)|
|Yield :||21 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2024-2035|
|Average age of vines :||39 years|
|Sweetness index :||1|
|Available for sale :||Yes|
|Soil :||Red limestone Oligociene period, Steep slope, West North West facing|
Description of the wine Pinot Gris Rotenberg 2020The Rotenberg of Wintzenheim is located on the western slope of the GC Hengst hill. The parent rock marl-calcareous-sandstone is identical, but the Rotenberg has much shallower soils and is very rich in iron. The iron element gives the soil a strong brick-red color. Located at altitude and facing the Vosges mountains, it also benefits from a late season location. Capable of producing great sweet wines, it is also capable of producing magnificent dry wines, with a high acidity, and above all an intense aromatic expression atypical for this normally neutral grape variety. Yields are very low on the Rotenberg, among the lowest on the estate, and this explains the marked imprint of the terroir. The high acidity of this vineyard is also the reason for a very slow fermentation. In the past, Pinot-Gris wines were often bottled earlier, but experience has shown that such balances deserve a longer ageing on lees, especially for balances as dry as in this wine.
Tasting notes1/2022 : straw yellow color. The nose combines a very fruity aromatic (yellow fruits, peach, apricot, quince...) but also a presence of citrus aromas, characteristic of limestone soils. The touch of mouth is precise and right, with an acidity which confers a tense and tight structure to the wine. We find a lot of pleasure in the finish when the wine finally opens up. The fruity aromatics are amplified but the wine remains rigorous, very dry, and the acidity brings a sharpness and tension that is rare for this variety. This Rotenberg 2020 is impressive in its gustatory pleasure and energy.
The Rotenberg is the summit of the hill whose south facing slopes make up the Grand Cru Hengst. The steep slopes of Rotenberg are west facing and look onto the Haut Landsbourg Chateau. The point where the slope turns towards the north is the start of a small lieu-dit called Hinterberg, within the Rotenberg.