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Gewurztraminer Mambourg Grand Cru AC 2011
  • 287. Gewurztraminer Mambourg Grand Cru AC 2011

    Marc Tempé

    100% Gewurztraminer (12.5% alc., 64.8g/l of rs)

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    Mambourg grand cru is an early ripening, south-facing hillside with a limestone derived topsoil. Marc’s vines were planted between 1930 and 1977. The wine is as intensely floral as it is mineral, and full of rich, long, deliciously exotic fruit that is balanced by fantastic acidity – something that this variety all too often lacks. For drinking now to 2021+.

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Anne-Marie and Marc Tempé
Village of Zellenberg (nr Riquewihr); 7 parcels in the GC Mambourg.
Size of domaine
8 hectares (of which GC Mambourg is 0.55ha). Around 30 parcels in total in the villages of St Hippolyte, Hunawihr, Zellenberg, Riquewihr, Sigolsheim and Kientzheim.
100% Gewurztraminer. Massale selection. Vines planted between 1930 and 1977. 4.000 vines per hectare trained double guyot.
Limestone and marls (calcium and magnesium carbonate). Depth of soil is 60cm to 1m. Facing South. Mambourg is the most pronounced slope in Alsace which benefits from optimum period of sunshine.
Certified bio-dynamic viticulture (Ecocert©). Member of Renaissance des Appelations©. Plough 1 row in 2 April to June. Allow grass to grow in the other row until it seeds. Use homeopathic dose of horsetail, nettle and sulphur and very low levels of copper against oidium and mildew. Manual harvest, carefully sorted in the vineyards. 30 hectos per hectare yield.
Pneumatic press. Long slow pressing of the whole bunch (6 hours), followed by a static settling period (12 to 18 hours) with no additives used. Natural and indigenous yeasts only. No chaptalisation. Ageing on fine lees in used 225L barrels (from Anne-Claude Leflaive) for 24 months. Malolactics completed. SO2 kept at minimum level and only at bottling (SO2 libre: around 30 mg/l – SO2 total: 50-70 mg/l).
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