The Vins de Fruit are wines that emphasise the grape?s expression rather than a specific terroir expression. They are not limited to a single site or soil type, and instead embody the intricate parcellation and diversity of Alsatian terroirs that exist even in a small area like a single village.
The Riesling Les Jardins results from a blend of twelve different plots located around the winery, essentially in the village of Epfig. The soils are varied: clay, sandstone, sand and volcanic sediments. These are farmed biodynamically. Most plots are located on gentle slopes with light soils, and it also contains a varying amount of declassified lieu-dit or grand cru fruit.
We look for an unpretentious, youthful, fruit-driven wine that captures the personality of the village?s terroirs, which are dominantly based on sandstone. They give the wine a particularly delicate, aromatic and mouthwatering character.
In 2018 though, the climatic conditions lead us to downgrade more single-vineyard fruit than we usually do (which is already a lot). Bits and pieces from lieux-dits and grand-cru vineyards bring even more complexity and mineral structure to Les Jardins, which is going to help it age quite long, while also preserving a mouthwatering and fruity character making it easily approachable in its youth.
The whole bunches were pressed very gently for around nine hours in a pneumatic press. The fermentation started spontaneously in stainless steel tank and was exclusively conducted by indigenous yeasts. Like the other wines it went through a complete malolactic fermentation, and was aged on its lees for one year, in the same tanks. It was bottled in early September 2019 with a balance of 13% alcohol and 2g/L of residual sugar.
The result is a delicate Riesling driven by white flowers, white peach and vine-blossom aromas. The mouth is round and mouthwatering, with a fine and long acidity, and a saline character in the finish. There is a real nobility in this graceful Riesling. ? Andr? Ostertag