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At this start of our harvest it is primarily the reception of purchased grapes that keep us busy. Of course all of our harvest is done by hand and always will be, even for our simplest wines because nothing replaces the skin of the grape to protect the juice from oxidation especially in the case of this very ripe vintage with corresponding moderate levels of aciditiy.

It is nearly 1000 daily measurements of the muturity which we carry out using a refractometer in order to precisely evaluate the quality of each batch. Then all is processed by gravity in order to respect the quality of the grapes, no pumping and no de-stemming thanks to our ability to work on 3 levels using our two elevators generating a significant amount of sweat ; -) Then 12 hours a static settling in stainless steel tanks follows before the fermentation itself.

We currently harvest in our estate, with a still reduced team, small plots of Pinot Gris located in the periphery of our best terroirs of Riquewihr.

For the Muscat, no skin contact this year, acidities being considered to be too low as this technique tends to cause a drop in acidity levels. The grapes however show intense aromas giving us good hope for a beautiful Muscat 2009 of which certain fruits come from now on from our own vineyards, some of them in the Schoenenbourg.

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