Region: Wolxheim, Alsace
Appellation: Appellation Alsace Protégée
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Gris
ABV: 14.5% by vol.
Terroir: Keuper marl
Average age of vines: 35+ years
Farming: Dry-farmed, Fukuoka method. Certified organic.
Harvest: By hand
Vinification: Six-week maceration of select whole clusters, then pressed using gentle pneumatic press. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts. No fining. No filtration.
Aging: 8 months in 500L barrels
Sulfur added: None
Notes: Bruch refers to the lieu dit, located on the lower slopes of the Grand Cru Altenberg de Wolxheim in full southern exposure. The marl of the Keuper contains primarily plant material dominated by cypresslike conifers and is thick in clay deposits.
Electric light red in color. Smoke and juicy red fruit on the nose with hints of spice; highly aromatic. Palate is complex, with macerated strawberry and herbal notes and spice and tannins at the finish. The long acidity of the wine is drawn from the marl terroir. Ideal for food pairings, including heavier dishes.