Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain 2021
|Bottling :||August 2022|
|Acquired alcohol :||14.5°|
|Residual sugar :||1.3 g/l|
|Total acidity :||3.7 g/l H2SO4 (5.7 g/l Tartrique)|
|Yield :||10 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2026/2046+|
|Average age of vines :||42 years|
|Terroir :||Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain|
|Sweetness index :||1|
Description of the wine Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain 2021
In the Rangen, the Gewurztraminer grape variety is located right above the river Thur, enjoying a slightly warmer and more protected micro climate allowing for better ripeness. Despite its incredible solar, full south facing, the Rangen is a relatively late ripening climate, due to its altitude (350m to 480m) and the cold winds coming down the narrow valley. It takes a long time to ripen this grape in this Grand Cru but the volcanic soil does have a tremendous influence, both on the flavour profile of the wine and its ripeness. In 2021, the grapes were harvested ripe but with no over ripeness and botrytis. The fermentation was therefore very vigorous and the wine finished bone dry. This is a style that we achieve much more often in this vineyard now with this grape variety. An earlier phenolic ripeness means that it is easier to avoid excessive ripeness. Like many Gewurztraminer in 2021, the yields were microscopic so sadly there is a smaller amount of wine available.
1/2022: bright, deep, yellow colour. The nose is intense and profound, showing very strong flinty and smoky aromas, giving a sense of welcoming austerity. After some time, the nose start to show discreet floral notes but still dominated by the volcanic influence. The wine is powerful, long and the palate finishes dry with a bright and savory acidity. Despite its intensity, this Rangen shows an elegant and refined texture which makes this wine perfect for food. A great Rangen wine worthy of cellaring for years!
The Rangen de Thann is the most southerly of the Alsace vineyards. In his book « Where Alsace wines ripen », Henry Riegert writes: « from the Middle Ages those wines which ripen on the Rangen hillside figure amongst the most famous growths of the whole vineyard region ». The Grand Cru Rangen de Thann, is situated at the exit of the valley, overlooking the village of Thann with the river Thur passing at the foot of the slope.