Nice expression of small red and black fruits.
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Various locations around Ribeauvillé: Straeng, Colmarerwegacker, Mittlerer Forst...
The vineyards that gave this wine are located in the geological fracture zone of Ribeauvillé. They constitute a territory which is highly geologically fragmented. They are above all areas with hard chalk, clay and marl from the Liassic and Triassic periods, sandstone clay, and calcareous, chalky conglomerates from the Oligocene period. The area is also characterised by silt-laden deposits, originally loessial, and by glacis and sandy alluvium in the valley and on the plain. PINOT NOIR is also found in soils which are relatively heavy, (where clay is present), chalky, early fruiting and bearing a low yield. A high level of maturity as well as perfectly sound grapes are necessary to bring out the colour and the fruit of this grape variety more used to grow in more southern regions.
Beautiful red color. A nose of red and black fruits. Fruity and elegant on the palate. Typical red wine of this vintage.
An ideal accompaniment to cold meats and salads, poultry and white meat, red meat and game, and finally with cheese.
To drink immediately, but its tannins will become rounder with ageing.
This new vintage follows the very generous 2018 vintage which did not always allow the vines to build up reserves. With a dry Autumn 2018 and capricious weather conditions the start of the growth got very heterogeneous. The cold temperature end of April and beginning of May did not improve the situation either and induced very slow growth of the vegetation. Some heavy rains in June, followed by extreme temperatures in July added more stress to the vines.
However, the harvest could start on September 12th and lasted until October 15th. The conditions were not stable at all with hot days and cooler ones. Luckily no heavy precipitations occurred.
Finally, we harvested nice and ripe grapes with great balance.