|Acquired alcohol :
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|Total acidity :
|3.9 g/l H2SO4
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|Average age of vines :
|Vines planted in 1994 and 2014
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|Calcaire Oligocène, South-west and west-facing, Steep slope
Description of the wine Riesling Heimbourg 2022
The Heimbourg vineyard in Turckheim is located on the south/south-west side of an Oligocen limestone hill that literally faces the valley of Munster. It is a spectacular small single vineyard which is quite difficult to cultivate. The domaine owns almost 2/3 of the lieu-dit which is today mostly planted in Riesling and Pinot-Gris. We used to have Gewurztraminer, but the vines were pulled out after the 2012 vintage. When we decided to replant the vineyard, we decided to go for Riesling. These younger vines are now added in this wine and quite amazingly, perform almost better than the older vines. We could see this in many other vineyards: when a vineyard is planted with bio-dynamic practice right from the beginning, they produce their first grapes later, but because they root better, the quality is there at an earlier stage. The soil can be considered as late ripening, but the exposition of this vineyard is solar. The vines do not suffer from drought in these soils, so the ripeness in vintages like 2022 can be very fast. Just like its neighbour the Grand Cru Brand, we have to watch the evolution of the ripeness very closely in order to avoid harvesting over ripe grapes. The fermentation was crucially slow but actually never really stopped allowing the wine to finish very dry.
01/2024: Colour yellow pale gold. Expressive nose, especially after some aeration, showing intense citrus fruits and a precise limestone signature which can be described as a combination of stony aromas and white fruits. The palate is crisp, ripe, very precise with a good acidity that enhances the dry finish. Again, the calcareous geology brings a certain quality of bitterness (tannins) that reinforces the acid structure. The wine seems tight at first, but eventually develops a great length. It is a beautiful wine today and will be in many years.
The wines produced on the Heimbourg are rich, opulent, often spicy and can include noble rot. The slower ripening of the grapes often produces wines that are aromatically expressive from a young age, contrary to its neighbour the Clos Jebsal with whom we have to show patience.