2020 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Furstentum BIO
Domaine Weinbach, also known as Clos des Capucins, is not only one of the best domaines in Alsace, its refined and concentrated white wines are even considered to be among the best in the world. Grapes are picked by hand with very strict selection for perfect ripeness.
The Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Furstentum is a great wine. Bright golden yellow in color. In the nose very expressive aromas of exotic fruits, quince, dried rose petals and honeysuckle. In the taste palette candied orange, lychees, tea leaves, clearly residual sweetness and a hint of botrytis. An aftertaste that is full, powerful and very complex, accompanied by nervously fresh acids. The drinking potential of this Grandcru Furstentum is unprecedented (2045+) and always gets around 95/100 points year in year out with Parker and Suckling.
The Furstentum was already noted in the inventory of vines owned by the monastery of Basel in the year 1330. The brown soils of the Furstentum around the villages of Kientzheim and Sigolsheim, are at an altitude of between 300 and 400 meters and are rich to limestone and pebbles. This marl, limestone and sandstone terroir dates back to the inferior Dogger Age. Marl conveys strength and structure, and sandstone exudes elegance, sharpness and complexity. The Furstentum benefits from a southern exposure, and Mediterranean plants grow there. The slope is quite steep, making the most of the sunshine. This terroir shows remarkable aromatic complexity, great finesse and considerable storage potential.
This wine is certified organic & biodynamic (Demeter)
Domaine Weinbach, also known as Clos des Capucins, is not only one of the best Alsace domains, the refined and concentrated white wines are considered to be among the best in the world. The winery, which takes its name from the stream that flows through the vineyards on the spot, is located between the villages of Kaysersberg and Kientzheim and has a history that goes back a long way. In 860, the Abbey d'Etival obtained through a donation land that now belongs to the current vineyards of Domaine Weinbach.
A wall was built around a part of this plot in the early seventeenth century by Capuchin monks. This 5 hectare vineyard is the still existing Clos des Capucins. After the French Revolution, the vineyards and monastery were expropriated and sold by the state. Ultimately, it was the Faller brothers, two tanners from nearby Kaysersberg, who bought and refurbished the dilapidated abbey and its Clos des Capucins in 1898. Théo Faller continued the work of his father and uncle with great energy. He bought parts of surrounding Grand Cru vineyards such as Furstentumen, Schlossberg, Mambourg and Marckrain and brought the wines of Domaine Weinbach to an unprecedented level. With the third generation, the wines got even more refinement and depth, because from 1988 they first switched to organic viticulture and then in 2005 the choice was made to do the 28 hectares of vineyards and winemaking entirely according to biodynamic principles. The result is amazing; the white wines now have an unprecedented minerality, finesse and concentration. It is the result of natural preparations, acting according to the position of the moon and stars, drastic pruning at an early stage, hand picking grapes with optimal ripeness, with very low yields and preferably with the first effects of the noble rot and further a vinification with as little intervention as possible.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Aromatic, Complex, Dry, Powerful, Spicy, Lightly sweet, Mineral, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden