The terroir link
The Hengst Grand Cru wines are powerful, complex, dense with ripe acidity on the finish. These have great keeping potential as they develop more expression with age.
It’s in the production of this type of wine and through the key grape varieties and vintage years that Hengst Grand Cru wine-makers can identify themselves:
Riesling is structured with a high mineral complexity and extended, intense vivacity and ripe acidity on the finish. They are most often dry or taste dry.
Pinot Gris is smooth, rich, powerful and dense, but also reveals the same tartaric acidity on the finish.
Gewurztraminer and Muscat are highly complex, aromatic, generous, intense and rich, but have an extraordinary freshness on the finish – one bestowed by the Hengst.
Some vintage years produce sweet, almost dessert wines. The «Vendanges Tardives» and «Sélection de Grains Nobles» are able to express even better the Hengst structure.
Furthermore, this terroir, which has planted Pinot Noir (3.5%) for decades, produces wonderfully powerful, structured and complex red wines.
So yes, the Hengst Grand Cru is a grandiose terroirs with eloquent grape varieties as long as wine-makers can master the stallion …
This fiery terroir produces wines with character.
The full-bodied palate taste comes from a marl soil, both ample and massive, but also balanced by a blended and chiselled freshness from lingering terroir-specific sandstone.
Wines develop a generous and precise structure which allows each grape variety to be expressed majestically.
Riesling has an exuberance sculpted into a noble and draping body. Tasters have a sensation of vigour. This sensation is confirmed when tasting Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, combinations of intense substance. But these wines remain really divine as the resulting sensations give the palate both minerality and tenacity on the finish.
Best Sommelier of France, 2012 and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, 2015 (in the Sommelier category)