|Bottling :||January 2023|
|Acquired alcohol :||12.8 °|
|Residual sugar :||1.9 g/l|
|Total acidity :||3.8 g/l H2SO4 (5.8 g/l Tartrique)|
|Yield :||18 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2026/2041+|
|Average age of vines :||52 years|
|Terroir :||Clos Windsbuhl|
|Sweetness index :||1|
|Available for sale :||Yes|
|Soil :||Muschelkalk calcareous|
Description of the wine Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl 2021
This property changed ownership a few times in the past, but it is the Wurtembergs who mention for the first time the Tokayer (Pinot-Gris) on the Clos Windbsuhl in 1760. The rocky Muschelkalk limestone soil, facing east/south-east on a steep slope imposes small yields and gives a firm structure to the Pinot-Gris.This vineyard used to be harvested much later in the past, often producing late harvest style wines which were very sweet. The evolution of the climate is today much more favourable to the production of drier wines in the past few vintages, as seen in the 2021.
1/2023: Pale yellow colour. The nose shows fresh citrus fruit driven aromatics, giving clues on the structure and style of the palate: tight, firm mouthfeel with lots of tension. If it wouldn’t be for a certain brightness and richness, this wine could easily be confused with the Riesling of the same vineyard. It possesses a typical limestone Windsbuhl vertebrae that makes it so elegant with a long intense finish, supported by a ripe acidity. This very dry wine and the mineral rich palate also bring a certain noble bitterness that will allow this wine to age and evolve nicely for a long time.
The altitude of the vineyard coupled with Hunawihr’s tardy climate means that the Clos Windsbuhl is often one of the last of our vineyards to be harvested. This explains the aromatic quality of the Clos’ wines and the consistent balance of acidity, a guarantee of good ageing. Although often harvested late, the Windsbuhl grapes are only rarely botryitized, doubtless due to the altitude of the vineyard, but nevertheless often reach high levels of maturity.