The Sélections de Grains Nobles (an appellation since 1984) are wines, from old vines, made from over-ripe grapes picked several weeks after harvesting. More concentrated than the Vendanges Tardives, they are fine sweet wines, which keep a freshness and a natural acidity in a unique flavor for the world. Cuvée Anne is a rare, mythical wine, which is still hugely popular. The 2007 vintage is astonishingly elegant, and revives the tradition of the domaine’s fine sweet wines. Botrytis leaves its mark very discreetly and promises to make the wine age slowly and have very good ageing potential.
Our Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles comes solely from our Grand Cru Kessler plot, which is on a hillside facing east, south-east and whose reddish sandy-clay soils lie on a bedrock of Vosges sandstone.
Cuvée Anne comes from a prime choice of « Selection de Grains Nobles » wines produced in 2007. Work was monitored right from winter pruning to harvesting which took place on November 2007. Handpicked on steep slopes, the grapes were the carried in crates (to avoid damaging the berries) to our winery and then slowly pressed. After letting the must settle statically for about 3 days, the perfectly clear juice was put in tuns (where the temperature was rigorously controlled) to ferment. Fermentation lasted between 1 and 3 months until spring. The wines were stabilized, filtered and then bottled the following spring. They were then stocked for several years before being labeled and distributed throughout the world.
The robe is a golden yellow with light green reflections of beautiful intensity. The disk is bright, limpid and transparent. The wine shows concentration and youth.
The nose is frank, pleasant with a good intensity. It is distinguished; one notes a dominant of candied, rich and botrytised fragrances, honey, exotic fruits, acacia. Airing enhances the botrytised range and reveals mango, grapefruit, spices, curry, and candied ginger. This nose is a delight, it is already very expressive, and it promises a lot for the future!
The onset in the mouth is dense and voluminous, syrupy. The alcoholic base is balanced. One evolves on a medium with a fine vivacity, light, slightly sparkling. The range of aromas is concentrated, botrytised. It expresses honey, acacia, crystallized apricot, exotic fruits, mango, spices, ginger, curry and an underlying floral rose hint.
The final presents a great length, 12 to 15 caudalies and a fine and persistent vivacity. The structure and balance of this wine make it a reference in the category “great sweet wines”. Time will be beneficial. A great wine!
Technical sheet elaborated by M. Pascal Leonetti
Best Sommelier of France 2006
Sommelier at l’Auberge de l’Ill (*** Michelin)