Grand Cru

Furstentum

Kientzheim & Sigolsheim

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      Kientzheim & Sigolsheim

    The Kaysersberg valley, protected from the winds, welcomes the Furstentum hillside in its bosom. With a south-south-west exposure, it’s an island of Mediterranean calcicolous vegetation.

    The brown, limestone soil is pebbly, skeletal and porous with outcrops of bedrock. These are marl-limestone-sandstone from the Middle Jurassic period, covered at the end with Tertiary conglomerates.

    It’s a steep slope (37%) which optimizes the sun on a soil which accumulates heat and water. These are privileged conditions to make great wine.

    Furstentum has 30.50 ha planted with Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Alsace Pinot Gris.

    Furstentum was already cited in 1330 in the inventory of wines belonging to the Basel convent. 

    A wine which ages well, Furstentum has great finesse and remarkable aromatic weight.

    Citation

    This Grand Cru stands out with its exotic expression.

    On this terroir, wines find rarely-balance intensity. Full-flavoured acidity which integrates a generous palate. An often full-bodied structure gives this wine a weight which plays with the whole mouth. A tender, honey-like lightness underlines a complex aromatic palate marked by notes of exotic fruit, especially pineapples and mangos. The delicious length expresses a sea-like salinity which completes the juicy expression.

    Riesling reveals a typicity of candied citrus fruits, often with a small sweet hint which accentuates the salivation. Here, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer find a terroir which allows them to express all their fruity scope in a both flavoured and balanced mouth. It’s a terroir which often produces wine from over-ripe grapes.

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

    Consommation

    This Cru produces wine which can be enjoyed at any age. When young, it distils a fruity expression which is already a pleasure to drink. Then, after several years, the ageing allows this wine to harmonise the natural terroir generosity and to refine the body.

    During early vintage: A honey-like sensation accentuates the wine’s tender essence. The grape varieties focus on the fruits, notably confit, in a balance which gives a juicy sensation.

    During late vintage: the wine finds a drive of freshness which gives the expression of fresh fruits. A crunchy sensation then appears for a charming sweetness.


    Accords

    The wine generosity allows it to pair with flavourful dishes. Fine Indian or Eastern cuisine uses spices which match perfectly to the noble substance of this Cru. Paella, lamb stew or curry or even monkfish with spices will be sublimated through this association of textures.