2017 Riesling Clos Hauserer, Zind Humbrecht, Alsace, France
Pale yellow in colour. The nose shows the classic characteristics of this vineyard: smoky, mineral, stony aromatics, slight reduction (influence of the rich marl), but eventually opens up with aeration on honey, citrus, waxy flavour. The palate shows extraordinary purity and a serene mouthfeel. Long lasting potential
The Clos Häuserer is located on the bottom of the Grand Cru Hengst in Wintzenheim. This little vineyard (1,2ha) shares the same geology as the Grand Cru, a red marl/sandstone oligocen limestone. Surrounded by hills, the Clos enjoys lots of heat in summer, but can also collect the cold in winter or spring. It is the vineyard we worried the most for in case of spring frost. This explain why we always prune this vineyard very late (early April in 2017) in order to delay budbreak and wait as late as possible to attach the canes, keeping the young growing shoots as high as possible above the ground, far from the frost. This was enough to avoid any frost damage. All young vines at ground level were frozen, bud the buds, higher up, didn’t freeze. We were then able to harvest beautiful and healthy grapes in 2017. The fermentation was very slow due to the high acidity and concentration of the vintage.