Gewurztraminer (Vendanges tardives)
Vendanges tardives (late harvest). Available in 75 cl et 50 cl bottles Vintage 1989/1997/2003 and 2009 in 50 cl Vintage 2001 and 2009 in 75 cl
In order to produce this cuvée (blending), the grapes are harvested late in November in order to obtain concentrated berries through raisining (over-maturation of grapes) and noble rot (botrytis).
The must obtained from pressing shows an alcohol proof of 16.0°. The very slow fermentation lasts over two months and is interrupted at about 13.5°. Thus, the wine remains mellow with 40 g of non-fermented residual sugars.
At first sight one is immediately struck by a very dense, deep golden yellow, a very potent spicy nose that is rich yet complex, with elegant notes of wilted flowers, of candied citrus peels and quince.
Very pleasant attack, all soft with a nice progression of perceptions. The mouth is distinct with a perfect balance between alcohol, sugar and a very present yet mellow acidity. One detects floral tastes of spices and fruit, and the concentration, the finale and persistance are striking and quite exceptional. Its richness and above all its strong personality make this a wine that suffices itself; its tasting alone will flatter your taste buds and give you intense pleasure. Nevertheless, it will go well with strong matured cheeses such as munster, roquefort, cheddar or stilton and the following desserts: tarts, kouglopf, brioches...
This wine of exceptional longevity will keep and improve in a good cellar during 15-20 years, on the condition that bottles are laid flat on their side to prevent corks from drying out.
Recommended serving temperature: 10-11° C.