Despite its relatively northern location, Alsace is the 2nd driest and warmest region in France after the Mediterranean. The Vosges mountains to the west act as a rain shadow; meanwhile, mountains to the east complete a bowl-like effect in which summer heat is trapped in low lying areas. This special microclimate is perfect for producing ripe healthy fruit, particularly benefiting the Gewurztraminer - considered the signature grape variety of the region.
The wine is fermented in large old oak casks and held on its lees for nearly a year prior to bottling. The style is therefore ripe and rich, very textural and exotic, with almost a medium dry level of residual sugar, but with wonderfully fresh acidity for balance. Fantastic quality and definition.
This is a special old parcel release. Perfectly mature now, but will keep for a further 3-4 years.
This estate in Rorschwihr is the result of a marriage between Marie-Thérèse Rolly and Louis Gassmann; the combining of the two family estates means they have 45 hectares of vineyards to their name. Both are the umpteenth generation in their respective families to produce wine, an activity which dates back to the 17th century.
A natural partner to lightly spiced Asian cooking - perfect with Chicken Korma for example.
In the press
Wine Spectator: 91 points