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High hopes for a great Riesling vintage

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 Panoramic view of Riquewihr on 8 October 2008

The vineyards are right right now changing their dress colour taking on superb mustard and copper notes, sign that the vegetative cycle is coming to an end.

Having now received the first Riesling grapes for 3 days we are more and more convinced that it will be the most successful varietal of 2008. As in 2007 the cool temperatures of these last weeks explains this success, Riesling continuing its maturation under temperatures lower than other varietals. Average ripening measured for Riesling after 3 days shows over 11,5° potential alcohol for purchased fruits, this is even higher at this point of the harvest than the results of 2007.

On the weather front, the 10 day weather forecast also gives us reason of optimism. What else could we ask for ?

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