2010 RIESLING GUEBERSCHWIHRINTRODUCTION2010 will probably be considered one of the most extreme vintages in recent years, as we went from -26°C before Christmas to an extremely hot July. 2010 will also be remembered as one of the smallest crop in Alsace for many years, with yields sometimes up to 70% smaller in some areas.
VINEYARD PROFILEThis is probably the last time we will label this wine as ‘Gueberschwihr’. Not because it is almost impossible to write for the non-residents, but because we were the only one to use this village designation and under new Alsace wine laws, we won’t be allowed to continue. I am not debating whether it is fair or not, but it obliges us to use the designation ‘Calcaire’ for any future vintage (Calcaire means limestone). If 2010 is a high acidity vintage, it is probably in limestone soils where the acidity is the sharpest and makes the most vivacious styles. The grapes were very healthy and with the very small crop, they produced an intense wine with an enormous ageing potential after a very long fermentation.WINEMAKER NOTES3/2012: the wine is still on its lees so the nose is very mineral. A little aeration will help the development of fruity aromas (citrus) and show more the potential of this wine. The palate starts very sharp, but the light sweetness eventually helps to hide the crisp structure and makes the finish very interesting and almost smooth. The balance of acidity also brings a mouthwatering saltiness.TECHNICAL INFORMATIONBottling date: 3/2012
Alcohol: 12.5° alc
Residual sweetness: 9 g/l
5.6 g/l H2SO4
Yields: 45 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period: 2014-2025Average age of the vines: 36 years Terroir: Limestone/calcareous/siliceous, facing East and South. Gentle slope;