|Bottling :||September 2010|
|Acquired alcohol :||12.5°|
|Residual sugar :||90.0 g/l|
|Total acidity :||3.6 g/l H2S04|
|Yield :||39 hl/ha|
|Optimum tasting :||2014-2034+|
|Average age of vines :||26 years|
|Terroir :||Clos Jebsal|
|Sweetness index :||VT|
|Soil :||Grey marls and gypsum (Keuper), South facing, Very steep slope|
Description of the wine Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal 2009 - Vendange TardiveJust like in 2008, the Clos Jebsal is the only vineyard that produced a Vendange Tardive in 2009. It wasn’t because of lack of sunshine or good weather, but the few vineyards that allowed noble rot to develop (Rangen, Windsbuhl, and Jebsal) were actually harvested in SGN. Jebsal was the only vineyard that could produce both VT and SGN. This vineyard is quite amazing, because every single year it shows its capacity to produce rich sweet wines. We don’t think that we will be able to produce one year a dry Jebsal! The combination of warm precocious climate and rich marl-gypsum soil (that keeps good humidity) allows for such botrytis regularity. The vineyard can also take huge concentrations because it doesn’t go in the direction of exotic sweet easy wines, but rather keeps a complex structure and flavour profile that can age very well. The 2009 was heavily botrytised and the fermentation stopped with a very sweet balance.
Tasting notes2/2011: the nose shows lots of candied fruits, honey flavours, yellow plums and a nice clean botrytis influence. The palate is unctuous, sweet, without any asperity or sharpness which makes it very easy to drink. This wine is surprisingly showy today and quite enjoyable, despite the fact that further ageing would bring more complexity.
The Brand Grand Cru of Turckheim
In the Brand, this variety acquires finesse and elegance (floral and fruit aromas) without ever becoming coarse or too heavy. The Brand always surprises by the precocity of its wines, but whilst expressive young they also have a great ability to age. The nature of this terroir makes it easy to obtain an optimal ripeness whilst retaining a fine acidity