The Kitterlé was mentioned for the first time in 1699. In 1782 twelve « schatz » of vineyard were recorded as the exclusive property of the Jesuits from Ensisheim. The wine from this slope is marketed in its own name since 1830.
The Kitterlé is a volcanic sandstone soil occupying a unique site on mountain ledges, on a rocky spur exposed to three directions (south-west, south and south-east). The light and sandy soil retained by immense dry stone walls allows only a limited yield (25 to 35 hl/ha).
Our Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kitterlé 2008 was harvested manually in wooden crates, on 12th October 2008. Entire grapes are pressed, with static racking. Fermentation in thermo-regulated tuns for one to four months. Matured on fine lees during eight months. Bottled in February 2010.
The colour is bright, golden yellow with green reflections. The disc is thick, with thick and fatty legs, which join the wine with elegance. The robe shows a concentrated wine.
The first olfactory contact is intense and pleasant. An overripe character that stands out in aromas of dried apricots and currants. I also detect a hint of noble vegetable aroma.
After aeration, the aromas of maturity are intensified, notably fruits in brandy and rosehip preserve. A subtle hint of hay is also released. A wine that shows a very beautiful maturity.
On the palate, the onset is frank and nervous. This wine is to be tasted in a dry register; it combines sugars that are present and smoothly blended in a dense and concentrated matter, invigorated by a linear freshness. A great complexity of aromas is revealed. The fruits are expressed by William pear and apricot. A vegetable character comes from the notes of fresh hay and wild flowers. A note of bay leaves completes the range. The length is discovered over 5 to 6 caudalies in an intense and mineral finish marked by a sensation of ashes. A complex mouth, showing great qualities.