During the harvest, we became optimistic again after September 15 with the appearance of dry and sunny weather conditions! The acidities evolved nicely and the alcohol degrees rose thanks to the low levels reported in the vineyards.
From a quantity standpoint, the overall production was at 91,950 hl, a drop of 21.8% compared to 2009 (-26.8% for still wines with 670 880 hl and -3.7% for AOC Crémant d'Alsace with 241,070 hl).
The 2010 vintage wines are fresh and fruity, fully expressing the commonly-recognised characteristics in Alsace wine, and allowing beautiful evolutions to be envisaged. The know-how of cellar professionals was essential (notably aged on fine lees) to fine-tune the wine balances.
Due to a high but “ripe” acidity, the Crémants d’Alsace are simply excellent. Beautiful fruitiness for Muscat and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir stands out with lots of colour from a great extraction. The particularly low yield of Gewurztraminer contributed to making fruity and floral (rose) wines, less spicy than in 2009. Their distinct richness is balanced by the typical freshness of this vintage year. Pinot Gris managed to escape from these health risks. They are pure, very fruity, balanced with notes of ripe fruit (pears). The yield of Riesling was also very low: the wines have a lot of freshness and aromas of citrus fruit, it will most definitely be an excellent keeper. Taking into account the late autumn weather conditions unfavourable to the development of noble rot as well as the weak yield recorded in general, the volume of the Vendanges Tardives and Sélections deGrains Noble was also reduced this year. Nevertheless it should be noted that the sweet wine produced in 2010 was of excellent quality.
CIVA – Interprofessional Committee of Alsace Wine