Outstanding Named Places
Named Places and Grands Crus are the quintessence of these. The fullness of limestone, the softness and firmness of clay, the harmony linked to chalk and the bouquet and power that come from silica flourish through the traditional grape varieties of Alsace.
Named Places :
These are specific terroirs that are worked on limited yields to express the full richness of the different soils.
- Altenbourg "The heights of Kientzheim"
The clay-and-limestone soil is specific to Altenbourg, the mid-part of one of the Kientzheim hills. Its Gewurztraminer is characterized by a floral note of roses and complex fruit. Its powerful, distinctive aromas like to age for 6 to 8 years. Pinot Gris is also grown on this terroir.
- Patergarten “The monks’ garden”
Once cultivated by hermit monks, the gravel and alluvial soils of Patergarten are sheltered from the wind. Riesling grows superbly here, concentrating its peach, apricot and pear aromas against a background of lime blossom, while Pinot Gris releases wild scents and hints of citronella.
- Vogelgarten “The birds’ garden”
It combines clay-and-limestone subsoil with ideal sun exposure. Its wines, especially Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris with its lovely golden colour, reveal a concentration of really ripe aromas. The wine is hearty and persistent on the palate.