The production or not of Vendange Tardive or Selection de Grains Nobles is always for us an excellent indicator of the overall quality of a vintage. 2008 in Alsace looks to be truly outstanding.
In the Grand Cru Sporen, we were able to harvest at the necessary level for Vendange Tardive (Late Harvest) denominations some Gewurztraminer at over 17° potential alcohol. It is worth noting that the previous week we had already done a selective picking of berries affected by noble rot in the same plots with our full team of close to 50 pickers. The result: potentially close to 2000 bottles of Gewurztraminer SGN at an amazing concentration controlled by the INAO at 26,5° potential alcohol.
Already on October 15 we were able to select some SGN Pinot Gris measured by the INAO inspector at 22° potential alcohol. The corresponding certificate was issued by the inspector of the INAO.Witness of the ideal conditions in these critical days of harvest was author, food, wine and travel writer Sue Style and husband Monty on a romantic birthday celebration visit to Riquewihr. "October was wonderful here in Alsace with colours to rival New England's, both in the forests and in the vineyards. One of the highlights was a vineyard visit to celebrate my husband's Big Bus-Pass Birthday"
Sue Style compiles the sections on Alsace for Wine Travel Guides