Grand Cru

Eichberg

Eguisheim

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    Bordering the edges of the municipality of Eguisheim, the locality of Eichberg Grand Cru faces the south-east at an altitude between 220 and 340m. This wine-growing area, at the foot of three castles, is sheltered by the foothills of the Vosges and boasts a particularly dry and warm microclimate, as the amount of rain registered is currently the lowest in the region of Colmar.

    The terroir of this locality is essentially composed of limestone conglomerate and marl from the Oligocene period. Colluvium of the same nature incorporate scree and sandstone pebbles, giving an often siliceous, rather clayey, stone-rich soil.

    The Eichberg Grand Cru has 57.62 ha. Its soil and climate quality are perfectly suited for Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Alsace Pinot Gris.

    The exceptional quality of Eichberg wine has been recognized for a very long time. Indeed, according to the historian Médard Barth, the Abbey of Marbach, which was founded in the 11th century, collected taxes on the wines in the locality of Eissche which today is known as Eichberg.

    Boasting a great opulence, the terroir wines express themselves with finesse and remarkable fruitiness. This Cru is unquestionably predisposed for a long life, while exalting its typicity and aromas.

    Citation

    Eichberg, a heavy terroir, produces full-bodied wines.

    Generous and intense, its structure allows tasters to have a sensation of body and roundness, almost smoothness, enhanced by full-flavoured and developed acidity. In this Grand Cru, honey-like notes are expressed in wonderfully-mature wines.

    Riesling reveals the true mineral potential of this Cru, which intermingle and flourish in a full-bodied and refined formation.

    Pinot Gris has a very pleasant fruity touch while Gewurztraminer offers enchanting spicy notes.

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

    Consommation

    A wine which requires patience, allowing the composing elements to find both balance and harmony. After keeping for five years, the acquired smoothness reveals all the aromatic complexity of this wine, completed by an ample and intense salinity.

    During early vintage: the Eichberg-specific substance appears smoother, even if the wine remains sweet. The smooth wine releases aromas of noble wood and honey. With Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, there are also hints of white pepper.

    During late vintage: notes of herbal tea and juicy fruits (like mandarin) are often present. The straightforward acidity, especially with Pinot Gris, gives a sensation of purity which is ideal for digesting. The wine body remains concentrated and structured.


    Accords

    This is wine which makes for audacious pairing with flavourful dishes. The wine-specific weight and texture and dense structure perfectly match firm meat such as monkfish, spicy sauces (saffron, curry …), but also with white meats (breaded sweetbreads, roasted or pan-fried veal).