8-10 months in large and old oak Vats (neutral oak)
Pinot Blanc, Domaine Weinbach
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill surrounded by vines and roses, lies Domaine Weinbach. Named after the little stream which runs through the property, and planted with vines since the 9th century, it was established as a winery in 1612 by Capuchin friars. After being sold as national property during the French Revolution, it was acquired by the Faller brothers in 1898 who then left it to their son and nephew, Théo. Théo Faller was a prominent figure in Alsace winegrowing and an ardent defender of quality wine production. After his death in 1979, his wife Colette, his daughters Catherine and Laurence, and their team continued the family’s passion for the great wines of Alsace and its unrelenting commitment to excellence. Since 2016, Catherine has led the estate winery with her sons, Eddy and Théo. Employing both organic and biodynamic practices, Domaine Weinbach produces an exquisite range of wines: estate varietal wines including Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc, single vineyard wines that express the diversity of the terroir, and luscious yet balanced vendanges tardives and selections de grains nobles wines.
70% Pinot Auxerrois/30% Pinot Blanc
Older vines in their monopole Clos des Capucins vineyard are composed of sand silt soil on granite pebbles. The grapes growing on this terroir ripen a lot earlier, producing wines with complex aromatics and a potent concentration. They are then hand-picked at optimum maturity to reinforce the aromatic expression and body of the wines. They are gently pressed in whole clusters in pneumatic presses, fermentation with indigenous yeasts (element of the terroir, enhances depth and complexity in the wines) in old oak vats.
On the palate this vibrant Pinot Blanc launches with delicate aromas of orchard fruits and white blossoms. It is well-structured, crisp, and perfectly balanced due to an interesting contrast between the freshness of the acidity and the ripeness of the fruit, ending on a firm and persistent finish.