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Gewurztraminer Linsenberg 2018 AOC Alsace


Opulent, precise and elegant

Gewurztraminer Linsenberg 2018 AOC Alsace

The "Linsenberg" is a special place in Wihr-au-Val, which means "Lentil Mountain". Long ago, before the arrival of the potato, lentils were commonly eaten as a main course and were an excellent "head of crop" after the uprooting of a vine. Indeed, like any legume that captures nitrogen from the air, it allowed the soil to be re-enriched before the vines were replanted. Here the stony soil heats up quickly in spring. Although mainly devoted to the cultivation of Riesling, the more clayey part gives a beautiful Gewurztraminer of character.

Tasting notes

  • Straw-yellow colour with golden reflections.
  • Expressive nose, very open, with intense floral notes (roses, elderflowers) developing towards subtle nuances of spices.
  • On the palate, the wine is round and powerful, with very intense and persistent aromas of roses, lychees, spices and honey.

Food and wine pairing

Delicious as an aperitif, with foie gras or exotic and fragrant dishes (monkfish with saffron or curry), spicy dishes (Thai or Indian cuisine) salty-sweet (duck with orange), washed-rind cheeses (Munster, Pont l'Evêque, Maroilles, Livarot, Epoisses) and fruit-based desserts (quetsch tart, apple strudel, crumble, etc...).

Technical sheet

  • Tasting context Dessert wines
  • Area 0,98 ha
  • Position Very sloping hillsides with a southern exposure.
  • Type of soil Granite decomposed to two micas, very pebbly, with veins of clay in the Gewurztraminer part and a very fractured bedrock which allows the roots to settle deeply.
  • Age of the vines 20 to 25 years-old
  • Production 770 bottles
  • Cuvée / blend Gewurztraminer : 100 %
  • Tasting temperature 8-10°C
  • Sweetness DrySemidrySoftSweet
  • Alcohol 13.7 °
  • Residual sugars 22.6 g/l
  • Tartaric acidity 2.86 g/l
  • pH 3.84
  • Ageing potential 8-10 years
Linsenberg vu du ciel

The lieu-dit : Linsenberg

Cru of Wihr-au-Val on granite from Gunsbach where the stony ground rapidly warms up in springtime. Although generally dedicated to the cultivation of Riesling, the clay section also brings forth Gewurztraminer full of character.

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