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Pinot Blanc AC 2016, Zellenberg
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  • 266. Pinot Blanc AC 2016, Zellenberg

    Marc Tempé

    60% Pinot Blanc, 40% Pinot Auxerrois (13% alc., 1.6g/l of rs)

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    This comes from nine parcels of 50yo vines on the flanks of Zellenberg’s hills. A good proportion of Auxerrois favoured for body and spice, aged in foudres and bottled in August 2018, this is Pinot Blanc like you’ve never tried it before, fantastic food wine. For drinking now to 2020.

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Anne-Marie and Marc Tempé
Village of Zellenberg (nr Riquewihr)
Size of domaine
8 hectares (of which Pinot Blanc is 0.85ha). Around 30 parcels in total in the villages of St Hippolyte, Hunawihr, Zellenberg, Riquewihr, Sigolsheim and Kientzheim.
65% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Auxerrois. Massale selection. 50 year old vines on average. 4.000 vines per hectare trained double guyot.
Clayey marls from Lias and schist-marls with limestone on a bedrock of sandstone/limestone.
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 to 40 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 old foudres for 18 to 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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