Grand Cru Selection A.O.C. ALSACE
Fabulous terroirs and exceptional wine makers – this is the story behind the Grands Crus. Parcels, famous for several centuries, premium grape varieties and frequently tasted wines to ensure a high standard of quality, combine to produce three treasures of Alsace: Schœnenbourg, Sporen and Vorbourg.
A.O.C. ALSACE GRAND CRU SCHŒNENBOURG
Schœnen Berge, meaning beautiful mountains, is the reputed Grand Cru of Riquewihr. It is made up of steep slopes (up to 380 meters in altitude). Facing south/south-east, it benefits from a micro-climate with slopes protected from cold winds and westerly weather conditions.
“RIESLING GRAND CRU SCHŒNENBOURG”
Boasting a golden yellow color, this Riesling is characterized by a complex bouquet exhaling fruity notes (citrus and apricot) and white flower aromas. The palate has a good attack with frank and strong features underscored by excellent acidity. It is very well-balanced with aromas evolving into slightly mineral notes. This is a superb Riesling marked by its terroir.
“A.O.C. ALSACE GRAND CRU SPOREN”
The locality of Sporen meaning spurs in German exists since 1432. South of Riquewihr, Sporen forms a natural circle at an altitude of 275 meters, it is a genuine warm cauldron where grapes can fully ripen. Representing a total surface area of 23.7 ha, it is essentially planted with Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
“GEWURTZRAMINER GRAND CRU SPOREN”
This limpid wine is an attractive pale yellow color with shiny highlights and a thick disk with regular long legs. The nose is slightly floral (roses, lilac and geranium) joined by tropical fruit (pineapple and litchi). It displays a very good attack with a strong and fruity palate. This is a full bodied and well-balanced wine. It is complex without heaviness, thanks to its acidity. It is rich, complete and warm. This is a great wine for festive occasions.
“PINOT GRIS GRAND CRU SPOREN”
This wine is a golden color with shiny tints and refined, regular long legs. Its strong and complex nose opens onto yellow fleshed fruit (peach, quince and apricots) with very pleasant smoky notes. It benefits from a frank attack on the palate. This is a well-structured and fat wine without heaviness. Its great aromatic complexity allows it to be served during an entire meal.
“A.O.C. ALSACE GRAND CRU VORBOURG”
The ancestral vines of Vorbourg in Rouffach benefit from one of the driest and sunniest climates in the region. Its surface area of 72.55 ha is planted with Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat.
“RIESLING GRAND CRU VORBOURG”
This wine is a straw yellow color with shiny tints. It usually first displays aromas of well-ripened white fleshed fruit like mirabelle plum and vine peaches. And it then opens onto complex aromas of white flowers, aniseed and citrus fruit. Rich and strong on the palate, it expresses good aromatic length, underscored by regular notes of slightly honeyed aniseed.
“PINOT GRIS GRAND CRU VORBOURG”
This wine is a deep golden color, with a nose at once honeyed, elegant and concentrated. The attack is often frank with a palate expressing great finesse and good harmony where aromas of yellow fruit and stewed pineapple combine. The terroir’s personality is more expressive on the full and persistent finish. This is an age-worthy wine that can be left in the cellar for a couple of years.
“GEWURZTRAMINER GRAND CRU VORBOURG”
This is a golden colored wine, exhaling tropical fruit notes such as litchi or stewed pineapple. Once the wine has been aerated it generally develops discrete floral aromas (red roses) and honey. The attack is supple on the palate thereby conserving plenty of freshness. This is a full bodied wine that is rich without heaviness, developing aromatic persistence underscored by jammy fruit and honey.