Gewürztraminer "Les Éléments" 2013

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From 2.8 hectares spread among several vineyards in Béblenheim, Riquewihr, Sigolsheim and Zellenberg ranging from 25-50 years of age. They are planted in silt, limestone, and marl at a density of about 6500 vines per hectare. Manual harvest, a four-month fermentation is followed by seven months aging on the fine lees. 1420 cases produced. 27 g/L of RS. Sweetness Scale: 4/9.

No fining, no chaptalisation, no acidificiation, and only indigenous yeasts are used. 

90 points
"The 2013 Gewurztraminer Les Élements contains 100% Grand Cru Fürstentum, 100% Grand Cru Sonnenglanz and some grapes of the Grand Cru Sporen. Jean-Christophe Bott has downgraded his crus because he found the aromas "too explosive, too aromatic, like mango juice.“ The wine might have become too broad in a couple of years, he feared, saying that "when the vintage is not that generous it does not make sense to produce a medium Grand Cru. It’s better to produce a good regular Gewurztraminer." The wine starts clear, fresh and very intense in its aromatic, rather bright fruit flavors of oranges, mangoes and some coolish stone and herbal/floral aromas. Rich and round on the palate, this Traminer shows a delicate acidity and a nice structure which make this a very elegant, finesse-full and well balanced cru which reveals a good length with some bitter flavors due to "10 or 20 per cent of noble rot." Quite dry in taste this full-flavored wine seems lighter than it really is."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, Sept. 2015