The vintage :
If the short crop of 2017 caused a lot of frustration, 2018
wiped it out completely with a mythical year. This cult vintage to be took a
while to start, though, with a late budding on April 10th. But the warm
conditions, continued long after the end of harvest treated the vine to offer us
an unprecedentedly early vintage. Blooming completed on June 5th after 10 days!
Ultra-fast canopy development had us run behind our vines all season long.
Harvest started on September 5th (record early date) with quite a few gems made;
the Pinot Noirs and the sweet wines are the true stars of this remarkable
vintage. 2018 is a warm year, but without excess. 2018 vintage will be a great
In the vineyard :
Made exclusively from hand harvested grapes from
predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, in a dozen of the most favored
localities in and around Riquewihr. A cool and long growing season give this
unique dry wine great finesse and unequalled intensity.
The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are
filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical
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 in our cellars until released for sale.