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    Domaine Gerard Neumeyer

    Riesling ‘Hospices’

    France, Alsace, Alsace

    White

    Winery Overview

    Domaine Gérard Neumeyer comprises 39.5 acres in the village of Molsheim, about 20 minutes west of Strasbourg in the northern part of Alsace. On the hills of Molsheim is the Grand Cru Bruderthal, where the Neumeyers are proud owners of 8.6 acres of vines averaging 35-years-old. This perfectly situated southeast facing vineyard is planted to all four of the appellation’s noble varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat. The first recorded reference of Bruderthal as a winegrowing region was in 1316, and the appellation became a Grand Cru in 1992. The sun exposure from southeast facing slopes, shelter from cold wind and rain by the Vosges Mountains and marly limestone-rich soils produce wines known for their long aging potential. This terroir, muschelkalk, is from the sea in this area from 200 million years ago, leaving lots of sediments in the soil: fossils, shells, marl and limestone mixed together. The particular soil that domaine Neumeyer has on every parcel provides a salty minerality and an ample mouthfeel in the wines. Jérôme is highly knowledgeable about muschelkalk and the region. He even edited a book about Bruderthal. Jérôme Neumeyer has now fully taken over winemaking at the domaine since his father Gérard’s passing in 2019. The vineyards have been organically farmed since 2009 and the winery achieved organic certification in 2012. Though the style of wine is still precise and very well executed, Jérôme has his own philosophy as someone in the new generation of Alsatian winemakers. Going beyond his father’s organic hand tending of the parcels, Jérôme has started to adopt biodynamic principles as well. Harvest is executed with multiple passes over 4-5 weeks to capture optimum maturity, aiming for the right acidity in the white varieties and balance for the Pinot Noir. Grapes are handpicked and from vineyard to the cellar, gentle handling of the delicate grapes is of paramount importance. In the cellar, every measure is taken to ensure that both the terroir and individual character of each variety is fully expressed. The wines are aged on their lees in large, older, oak foudres. The wines are made with focused acidity, minerality and finesse.

    Vineyard

    39.5 acres total including 8.6 acres in the Grand Cru Bruderthal – Average age of AC vines is 20-years-old and average age of Bruderthal vines is 35-years-old. Soils are a mix of calcareous and dolomite rock and marl with pebbly topsoil.

    Viticulture

    Manual harvest using small bins. 60 hectoliters/hectare on average for AOC varietal wines.

    Vinification

    Slow temperature controlled fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Élevage takes place in large, older, neutral foudres on fine lees. Light filtration just prior to bottling.

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