Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Mount Sigolsheim, northwest of Colmar, was the high ground fought for in the battle of the “Colmar Pocket,” January 20 to February 9, 1945. On the summit is the French military necropolis commemorating this historic battle for one of the last regions occupied by German infantry. It took American and French forces three weeks in frigid temperatures to dislodge the German bridgehead. On the south-facing slope of this hill is the celebrated Grand Cru Mambourg. Records show that as early as the year 783, elegant wines of the present-day Mambourg were famous. Monasteries and the nobility owned vineyards on this 61.85-hectare (152.84-acre) foothill of the Vosges range. The vineyard enjoys optimum sunshine and scant rainfall. Alsace — in the rain shadow on the lee side of the Vosges Mountains — is one of the driest regions of France. The soil here is lime-magnesium over calcareous and marl conglomerates that formed during the Tertiary period, 65 million to 1.6 million years ago.

    • Appellation: AOC Alsace Grand Cru
    • Location: Vosges foothill northeast of village of Sigolsheim, one of the foothills which penetrates furthest into the Alsatian plain; southern exposure
    • Size: 2 hectares (4.9 acres)
    • Vine Age: 40 years
    • Soil: Limestone, chalk and clay
  • Vintage Report

    • Dates for the beginning of harvest for each AOC are set by decree, generally 100 days after the median date of flowering, at the time when the grapes display the best sugar-to-acid ratio. The 2011 harvest took place under the best possible conditions.

    • Harvest Date(s): Third week of October
    • Yields: 55 hectoliters/hectare (4.1 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: Traditional, no skin contact, temperature-controlled, no malolactic
    • Barrel Aging: Lees contact for 8-10 months
    • Filtration: Light
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gewurztraminer
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 5.95g/L
    • RS: 41g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Glittering yellow hue; aromas of roses, rosewood and violets, followed by notes of ripe Williams pear, brioche and a touch of cardamom. With aeration the bouquet adds butter and lemony notes. On the palate, this is classic Gewurztraminer with the spotlight on juicy, generous sweetness — Alsace Grand Cru wines have a higher minimum sugar content than basic Alsace wines — while fruity acidity and delicate body keep gallantly in the background. A spicy, licorice-touched, very long finish completes this elegant wine.

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  • Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011 – The Daily Meal

    "Perfect as a sipping wine or with a fruit-custard tart; fragrant with some carbon in the nose; very, very fruity and sweet (red raspberry, lychee) but well-balanced."

  • Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011 – Reflections on Wine

    “Beautiful varietal aromas of lychee, yellow rose and grapefruit. Medium-full with very good concentration. Nice wine, excellent ripeness, nicely balanced, easy-drinking ... I like the wine ... this has a light sweetness, which is pleasant…”

  • Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011 – Wine Review: Alsace a refuge in France-Germany border war – Springfield Business Journal

    “...The aroma is heavy with the scents of wild summer flowers, spice, banana and a hint of apricot, as is the flavor. The finish is long and heavy with the sensation of summer flowers.”

  • Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2011

    Aromas of rose and violet are followed by pear and brioche. With aeration the bouquet adds butter and lemony notes. On the palate, this is classic Gewurztraminer with a generous sweetness. A spicy, licorice-touched finish completes this elegant wine.

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