Pinot Noir GROSSI LAUE 2014

Grossi Laüe signifies the finest vineyards in Alsace dialect and represents an equivalent to the German Grosses Gewächs or the Burgundian Grand Cru.
A Pinot Noir with real minerality, profound and deep which year after year comes closer to that of a Côte d'Or ! A truly profound and complex red wine, aged 8 to 10 months in partially renewed oak barriques.


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This wine is gradually improving as the vineyards we have planted with the best burgundian clones since the early 90's start to reach their full potential.
The vintage
Exceptionally mild winter, with practically no frost. Very early budburst around 21 March led to 2 months of anxiety but finally no spring frost. Flowering began very early, around 30 May, which usually means an extremely precocious harvest like 2003, but was uneven and spread over 2 weeks, giving a little coulure especially on Gewurztraminer. In July and early August, record rainfall (147mm) and cool temperatures finally delayed maturity. A very dry September (27mm) without excessive heat ensured slow maturation under ideal conditions. Harvest began on 16 September and ended on 16 October. Yields were very low, lower even than 2013 or 2010. Perfectly healthy grapes, high acidity and superb maturity mean 2014 will be a hallmark vintage, especially for Riesling. Very small yield of late harvest Gewurztraminer VT.
In the vineyard
The heart of this Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard planted in 1966 in our family estate in the Pflostig slope, with an average yield of under 40 hl/ha and potential alcohol of more than 12°.
The grapes are destemmed and macerated for about 2 weeks, with manual immersion of the cap (pigeage) to ensure the best possible extraction. The wine is matured for almost 10 months in small oak vats, which are partially renewed each year.
The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.
Brochure introducing the Grossi Laüe range
Video: Geology and terroirs of Riquewihr
Pinot Noir : 100%
Alcohol content: 12.5 ABV
Residual Sugar: 0.3 g/l
Tartaric acidity: 5.94 g/l
pH: 3.39
Age of vines: 32 years old
Yield: 37 hL/ha


Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989
A nice and profound colour with a bright and youthful base, a very nice density for this youthful Pinot Noir grape with a good tannic and anthocyanin presence, ruby red, the intense garnet colour of morello cherry and an added hint of purple. The legs are dense, consistent, regular and sparkling with vitality.
The aroma is complex and generous, very expressive and open, with the hints of small red fruit so typical to a healthy and perfectly ripe Pinot Noir grape. Raspberry, strawberry, morello cherry, black-current, cranberry, hawthorn blossom, black cherry with a nuance of vanilla, wood-smoke, violet, and hawthorn blossom. The aroma is harmonious and full.
On the palate the contact is harmonious, smooth whilst retaining a generous and long-lasting flavour. A nice tannic structure that sits well with its solid ripeness which gives a firm foundation and length.
The finish is full-flavoured, generous and aromatic, giving it energy and character. This is a very fine Alsace Pinot Noir red wine.
Best consumed now or laid down for 8 years, serve at 16° with white meat: veal tenderloin, roast pork shanks, roast poultry. Sea or freshwater fish: grilled or baked, guinea fowl, ham and cold cuts. Haunch of lamb, beef casserole, roast chicken.