Pinot Noir GROSSI LAUE 2015

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
2015 will go down as an exceptional vintage year for the whole of France. After one of the hottest and driest summers since 2003 and a harvest quality to rivals those of the great "solar" vintages of 1945, 1976, 1989 and 2009, the Alsace region will be no exception.
The year started with quite normal weather conditions, a total of 6 days below freezing (up to -6°C) during the winter. The spring was, however, pleasant and sunny. The vines budded slightly later than usual, around the 13 April, and blossomed during the first weeks of June, indicating an early vintage. This was normal considering the low rain fall, a record of only 30mm between 4 May and 24 July! These dry conditions were compounded by a heatwave that lasted for almost the whole of July.
By the time the grapes started to ripen, the vines were suffering, especially in the more well-drained soils with limited reserves of water. Riquewihr and its loamy soil seemed to have escaped the worst of this and the heavy rain that came in mid-August saved the harvest just in time.
We started grape-picking on the 10 September, three days later than the rest of the Alsace, and the first grapes to arrive in the winery gave every indication of an exceptional vintage year. The grapes were perfectly healthy and ripe; their supple acidity was a taste of great wine to come. The Pinots, especially the magnificent Pinot Noir, of this great "solar" year were highly appreciated.
Only one day of rain disrupted the harvest, which was already well underway at the time.
The rapid acceleration of the ripening during the third week and a nice outbreak of botrytis meant the most part of our Riesling de Schoenenbourg were harvested late, and once again the Engelkritt (Angels' Vine) won us not one but two of the "Sélection de Grains Nobles" awards for this grape variety, the most concentrated being at a potential of 23°!
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°.
Winemaking
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.
The story
Brochure introducing the Grossi Laüe range
Video: Geology and terroirs of Riquewihr
Varietals
Pinot Noir : 100%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 13.7 ABV