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Josmeyer Pinot Auxerrois 'H' Vieilles Vignes 2008

Josmeyer Pinot Auxerrois 'H' Vieilles Vignes 750ml 2008    
Sku: 1724520*

Planted in the heart of the HENGST vineyard, this wine is not authorised to have the Grand Cru appellation. The "H" refers to the HENGST. The soil of the 360 meter high slope which dominates this vineyard is essentially a mixture of limestone from the Vosges, chalky marl (14% active) and layers of red, brown, green and beige sediment hundreds of meters thick. The mother rock is of an orange - yellow hue. Dating as far back as the Jurassic period the elements vary in density from very fine to very course. The Ph factor is within 7.8 to 8.3. This Grand Cru is 130.95 acres (53,02 Ha) of vines. The combined calcareous and marl soils tend to produce rich full bodied wines. In their youth they have an untamed character, reminiscent of the vineyard's name - "stallion". They slowly mature to astonishing aromatics and fabulous richness.

Tasting notes
The old vines, planted on Hengst vineyard give a fresh wine. The nose is floral, ample and deep in mouth with a strong density. To keep like a Grand Cru.

Wine maker notes
Beginning of the year is quiet mild. The "real” winter only starts end of January until mid February. The second half of the month is mild and the rose’s buds start to grow... but the winter make’s a come-back in March with some more snow. In April, the weather is mild and rainy. May is warm and humid. Vines are growing very well and blossoming begins around the 13th of June what makes 2008 a "normal” year. From July to mid august, the weather is humid and unstable. The big pressing of mildew requires a constant vigilance. During the second half of August and beginning of September, we have a nice and warm summer which allow a good ripening of the grapes. The 13th of September we have a very rainy day with 40 mm in 24 hours... We were scared of a quick degradation of the grapes but a very nice period, cold and dry, followed and saved the 2008 vintage. The harvest begins on Tuesday 16th of September. The 2008 vintage looks great. Wines are very well – balanced with a great body and a fine and ripe acidity.

Technical notes
The grapes were hand picked and whole-bunch pressed very slowly and gently in pneumatic presses over 5-8 hours to give a clean must and a beneficial amount of skin contact. Transferred to thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks the juice then began a natural fermentation using only its own natural yeast which lasted for one month. The fermentation was initially temperature controlled but was eventually allowed to proceed at its own pace to allow the wine to develop its own character and complexity. The wine stabilized in stainless steel tanks naturally during the winter season and, following a very gentle filtering, was bottled in March 2007 before the heat of summer to preserve the natural carbonic gas (a natural anti-oxidant). Malolactic fermentation is always avoided at Josmeyer and no chaptalization takes place.

Food pairing
Terrines of fish, scallops, sweetbread, lobster, blanquette, soufflés, vegetables, poultry, pies, creamy cheeses.

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Country: France
Region: Alsace
Sub-Region: Alsace Aoc
Grape Varietal: Auxerrois
Type: Still wine
 
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