Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2021

Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2021

Dry Wine

Technical presentation

Bottling : January 2023
Acquired alcohol : 13.9°
Residual sugar : 4.2 g/l
Total acidity : 4. g/l H2SO4 (6.4 g/l Acide Tartrique)
pH : 3.3
Yield : 16 hl/ha
Optimum tasting : 2027/2046+
Average age of vines : 51 years
Terroir : Clos Windsbuhl
Sweetness index : 1
Available for sale : Yes
Soil : Muschelkalk calcareous

Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2021

We purchased the Clos Windsbuhl in 1987. The vineyard is located on a beautiful hill orientated from the east to the south, on a Muschelkalk limestone geology. It is quite isolated, touching the majestic Vosges forest, and enjoys a cool late ripening climate. Back in 1987 we doubted that this grape variety would be suited to this vineyard as Gewurztraminer really needs sunshine and more heat to ripen. How wrong were we and luckily we kept the old vines and gave them a chance! Every vintage, this Clos produces amazing wines, and that include this extraordinary and refined Gewurztraminer ! This grape however suffered serious losses in spring 2021 and the crop is tiny.

Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2021

Tasting notes

01/2023 : Intense yellow colour. The Clos Windsbuhl is already very open on the nose, displaying a beautiful array of aromatic flowers and fruits: peach, pears, ancient roses, a touch of spice and discreet exotic character. The palate replicates the complexity of the nose, but comes as a big surprise as it reveals a tight and firm structure, enhanced by a great ripe acidity. The finish is dry and long, but also so elegant! This is a very bright and lively wine. The rich mineral content (Muschelkalk is rich in magnesium) brings a noble bitter mouthfeel. Achieving dry Gewurztraminer at this level isn’t easy and we do hope to be able to replicate this in the future !