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Josmeyer Pinot Gris Grand Cru Brand 750ml 2005
Sku: 1550756*
The name of BRAND means fire. This relatively well protected hillside vineyard behind the village of Turkheim, has a south-southeast exposure. Its deep granite soil is laced with black m ...more
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Country: France
Region: Alsace
Sub-Region: Alsace Aoc
Grape Varietal: Pinot Gris
Type: Still wine
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The name of BRAND means fire. This relatively well protected hillside vineyard behind the village of Turkheim, has a south-southeast exposure. Its deep granite soil is laced with black mica and gneiss. Flinty and of moderate acidity (Ph 5.8) the soil is rich in phosphates with little potassium or magnesium. The wines produced from this vineyard are regal yet lively, fine-structured, pure and incisive. A restrained palate of subtle complexities.
Wine maker notes
Winter is really starting around the 15th of December with snow. The winter is present until early March with cold temperature ( -17C early March ) and snow (mid of February). Spring starts on March 14th with temperatures which are going to 25C but a humid weather follows immediately a too warm week. The flowering of the vine starts around the 6th of June and is finishing 2 weeks later under very hot weather conditions. After it, we forecast a smaller harvest in quantity; may be 15% less than in 2004. Even if the weather conditions are not exceptional the vines are suffering by water stress : the year 2005 was the hottest year after 2003. We begin harvest the 19th of September under a beautiful weather and finish the 25th of October. Wines from 2005 vintage are firm, elegant, very well balanced with a good body and structure and a ripe and fine 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
Foie gras in terrine, lobster in sauce, risottos with morels or ceps, Chinese cooking or Maroccan cooking...

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