Riesling Brand Grand Cru 2021
|Bottling :||January 2023|
|Acquired alcohol :||13.1 °|
|Residual sugar :||5 g/l|
|Total acidity :||4.3 g/l H2SO4 (6.5 g/l Acide Tartrique)|
|Yield :||27 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2026/2046+|
|Average age of vines :||71 years|
|Terroir :||Grand Cru Brand|
|Sweetness index :||1|
|Soil :||Biotite Granit|
Description of the wine Riesling Brand Grand Cru 2021
The Brand Grand Cru is located on the steep granitic south, south-east facing hillside just behind the village of Turckheim. As its name suggest (Brand means hot, warm, burning), this Grand Cru is located in a warm micro-climate, but it is actually its soil, capable to heat up under the sun, that is at the origin of the name of this vineyard. The top soil is shallow and the mother rock is close to the surface. Being rich in black mica, it decomposes allowing the roots of the old vines to penetrate deeper in the granite. The black mica also produces a high quality type of clay that accumulate deep into the granite crevasses. This particularity is of great help during the hot and dry periods we get in Alsace in summer but also is a source of interesting minerals. Just like any other Riesling in 2021, the Brand shows a great balance and racy acidity. The fermentation was very long but the wine eventually finished in a very dry style.
1/2023: bright pale yellow colour. Expressive nose focusing on minerals, wet stones with great intensity and purity. After some aeration, it eventually shows citrus fruit, lime, and a discreet touch of ripe fruits. The wine is even more expressive on the palate with a complex display of white fruits, citrus and again the classic granite signature of minerals. The Brand produces very elegant wines with a distinctive intensity and power, showing all the sun energy on this sunny vineyard. Very long, it also has a velvety touch that becomes stricter on the finish. The acidity is salivating and inviting! The 2021 is a delicate and intense pure expression of this vineyard.
The Brand Grand Cru of Turckheim
In the Brand, this variety acquires finesse and elegance (floral and fruit aromas) without ever becoming coarse or too heavy. The Brand always surprises by the precocity of its wines, but whilst expressive young they also have a great ability to age. The nature of this terroir makes it easy to obtain an optimal ripeness whilst retaining a fine acidity