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These wines made from overripe grapes are picked well after the classic vintage and in the greatest years only. The action of noble rot (botrytis cinerea) gives them an almost unlimited ability to age. They are part of the elite of the greatest wines in France.
The wine :
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The vintage :
An uneven vintage in Alsace, but some nice surprises. Budburst was early, flowering was perfect, and the summer was torrid. September was damp. The harvest began on 28th September. The condition of the bunches varied considerably according to the size of the crop. Excepting some Riesling vineyards, overall maturity was satisfactory. The return of exceptionally fine weather in October enabled us to produce some VENDANGE TARDIVE wines. A great year for Gewurztraminer.
In the vineyard :
Produced from over-ripened grapes in a selection of the oldest plots of the Hugel estate in the heart of the grand cru Sporen made up of Lias clay-marl, decalcified on the surface, exceptionally rich in phosphoric acid
Date of harvest : 18, 23 & 26 Oct. 1994
Potential alcohol : 17°
The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention.
After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged extensively in our cellars until released for sale.
Alcohol level (% vol.) : 12.0°
Gewurztraminer : 100%