Grand Cru

Altenberg de Bergheim

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    On the edge of the medieval city of Bergheim, at an altitude of 220 to 320m, this vineyard runs along the southern side of the rather steep Grasberg hillock.

    In the heart of the Ribeauvillé fault area which superimposes limestone and marl from the middle and lower Jurassic period, it is composed of very rocky, shallow and fossil-rich marl-limestone soil.

    Bergenbach has a full south exposure, slightly removed from the Vosges front with a slope running down to a small stream, all favouring a warm and temperate climate with very regular temperatures and water supply.

    Due to its harmony and typicity, this 35.06 ha vineyard prefers Gewurztraminer and Riesling grape varieties.

    The pride and joy of Bergheim wine-growers, Altenberg has been known and celebrated for its great wines since the 12th century. Numerous quotations in the municipal archives still highlight its exceptional art of wine-making.

    The perfect match between an intense and vibrant body, along with a fine and subtle aromatic expression, distinguish the Altenberg Grands Crus … simply excellent gourmet wines!

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    Citation

    Altenberg de Bergheim wine usually has deliberate intensity.

    Its structure has density, marked by optimum maturity which wine-growers can obtain in this terroir. Its full-flavour gives an intense impression, refreshed by vigorous acidity which weaves into the natural generosity of this Grand Cru. Minerality and noble bitterness are the signature aftertaste.

    Riesling evokes a salty sensation and an acidic vigour: a wine with density. Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are balanced and succulent. They can be distinguished by intense aromas of blood oranges and pastries. Wine made from the complantation method has sap which blends the sweetness and mineral strength of this Grand Cru.

    Romain Ilitis
    Meilleur Sommelier de France 2012 & Meilleur Ouvrier de France 2015 

    Consommation

    These delicious wines can be enjoyed after four or five years and can then age wonderfully.

    During early vintage: the tender wine character reveals its natural concentration. Bitter and blood orange enchant wine tasters!

    During late vintage: a “crunchy” sensation can be tasted during these vintage years, associated with a more substantial expression with young wines.


    Accords

    Altenberg de Bergheim wine is complete: it can pair with robust dishes with solid textures such as duck à l’orange, veal with sauce (Marengo for example), mushroom tart or even smoked fish terrines. Fruit-based desserts are also recommended with this Grand Cru.