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Gustave Lorentz Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim 2010


The Gewurztraminer Grand Cru has a straw yellow color, with richly concentrated nose of exotic fruit and dry flowers. The nose follows through to the palate, with powerful and complex flavors, verging on the dry side, but with a roundness, very well balance and a very long, semi-dry finish. Very well integrated acidity!

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes come from the classified Grand Cru site of Altenberg de Bergheim with a predominance of heavy clay/limestone soil. The vines are very old – between 30 and 50 years – and they are the pride of Bergheim winegrowers as there have been vines there since the end of the 13th Century. They are hand-picked, usually in mid-October, with the whole grapes pressed. The pressed juice is separated from the free-run juice and undergoes 12 to 24 hours of “debourbage” or settling, to eliminate impurities, which are then filtered out. Fermentation takes place, using a combination of natural and selected yeasts, in old oak vats. The wine goes through two rackings, the first to separate the lees from the wine and the second to clarify the wine. It sits in vats for around 10-11 months prior to bottling. It has the potential to age from seven to ten years.

Serving Hints
This is an excellent match as an aperitif, with foiegras, strong cheeses and exotic fruit desserts. It is also a great match with sweet and sour or hot dishes (especially Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisines).

PRODUCER: Gustave Lorentz
REGION: AOC Grand Cru Alsace
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Gewurztraminer
ALCOHOL: 13.68%

Press Highlights

2011: 95 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2017
2010: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Sept 2015
2010: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Jul 2014
2010: 90 Pts - Wine & Spirits 'Years Best' Issue, Dec 2014
2007: 92 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Dec 2013
2007: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2012
2006: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2010

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