|Bottling :||Septembre 2004|
|Acquired alcohol :||16°|
|Residual sugar :||5 g/l|
|Yield :||31 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2009-2025+|
|Average age of vines :||18 years|
|Sweetness index :||1|
|Available for sale :||Yes|
|Soil :||Marl-Oligocene calcareous, West facing|
|Format :||3 L|
Description of the wine Pinot Gris Heimbourg 2003 - Jéroboam
If someone told me years ago that pinot-gris skins could look completely black in Alsace, I would never have believed him ! Heimbourg isn’t the warmest of our vineyard, but the grapes were so dark, that I am sure I could have fooled anyone saying that it was pinot-noir. Like the Rotenberg, the north west facing and calcareous soil helped to keep excellent balance in this wine and no water stress. The grapes were very healthy.
This wine is completely clear now (but still on the total lees) but still show a light salmon colour. The nose is almost to be mistaken with a red wine: berries, fruit. The palate confirms this sensation: dry, good acidity but mostly marked by wonderful ripe tannins. Generous and long, it is a surprising Heimbourg, completely different from previous vintages. (10/2004) : The light pink colour mostly disappeared with the bottling, but if one pours a large amount in a big glass, it is clearly noticeable. Nutty flavours, quite intense now, with strong spices. Great dry wine.