Tasting notes: A beautiful deep red color with glints of purple
(a sign of its youth). A nose of red and black fruits. A good
structure; fruity, ample and long on the palate.
Enjoying: An ideal accompaniment to cold meats and salads,
poultry and white meat, red meat and game, and finally with cheese.
While it can be enjoyed now, its tannins will become rounder with
TA: 6.62 g/l
Locality: Vineyards around Ribeauvillé: Colmarer Weg, Streng and
Type of soil: The Louis SIPP vineyards are situated in the
geologically fragmented fracture zone of Ribeauvillé with chalky
soil, clay and marl from the Liassic and Triassic periods and
sandstone clay, and calcareous, chalky conglomerates from the
Oligocene period. The area is also characterized by silt-laden
deposits, originally loessial, and by glacis and sandy alluvium in
the valley and on the plain. Our Pinot Noir vineyards are
planted in relatively heavy chalky/clay soils, with early fruiting
and bearing a low yield. A high level of maturity is required to
bring out the color and fruit of this grape variety which is
generally planted in more southern regions.
Certified organic grapes: Our conversion to organic production
began in 2005 with ECOCERT certification in 2008 which guarantees
the wines are crafted exclusively from organically-farmed grapes.
We call these young and fruity wines "Nature'S;" Nature meaning
organic and 'S being our signature.
Vintage conditions: The 2008 vintage followed a long and cold
winter that lasted until April and lead to a late bud burst 10 days
later than usual in April. However, hot weather in May mitigated
the delay and humid and fresh flowering conditions spread the
blooming over a long period which was not without consequences
during harvest. During summer, hot and humid periods lead to
locally heavy thunderstorms. August brought fresh temperatures that
allowed a good preservation of the acidity in the grapes,
especially for the noble acidity; the tartaric acid. Finally, the
slow maturing process combined with relatively fresh temperature
conditions induced the formation of fine varietal flavors combined
with well-balanced acidities. Harvest was conducted under fresh and
windy conditions which preserved the good sanitary condition of the
grapes and also their acidity. Each plot of land was picked at its
optimal maturity which, consequently, was a very long harvesting
period. The wines from this vintage are typical: elegant, fresh and
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