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Vendange Tardive Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kirchberg 2017, Domaine Henry Fuchs

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Original price £39.05 - Original price £39.05
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£39.05 - £39.05
Current price £39.05
Vendanges Tardive (Late Harvest Wines) are only made in good, sunny years with Riesling, Tokay Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and, more rarely, Muscat. These exceptional sweet and fruity wines which are served on special occasions will no doubt embellish dishes like "foie gras", or can be simply enjoyed for a relaxed drink. As with all good wines, they keep for a long time (15-20 years).
(2017 12.5% abv)

Henry and Catherine Fuchs are in their mid-forties and the third generation of the family to run this splendid 10 hectare domaine situated in the quality heartland of Alsace at Ribeauvillé, a village renowned for its rich and opulent dry white wines.

Established in 1922, the Fuchs’ family estate was one of the first to start bottling their own wines in 1945. Their vineyards are mainly situated in excellent sites throughout the commune of Ribeauvillé, with a further 20% to be found in the neighbouring communes of Hunawihr and Bergheim.

The Fuchs use no weed-killers or man-made fertilisers on their vineyards which goes a long way to restricting yields, but they also prune very ‘tightly’ so that their final ‘rendement’ (yield) is at least 20% below the village average. In the winery, Henry avoids the use of pumps, preferring to rely on gravity to move his wine around, thereby reducing its contact with air. Sulphur Dioxide is avoided during the fermentation and is only added in minimal quantities following racking and filtration.

The overall effect of all this are wines of great freshness and character with excellent keeping potential and they are not normally released until they are showing at their best and ready for drinking.