Grand Cru

Steinert

Pfaffenheim

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    Facing the east, Steinert, to the south of the Pfaffenheim boundary, is the steepest vineyard in the municipality. Its soil is dry and porous and most limestone. It forms a homogeneous terroir from the Oolithic Dogger era covered by boulders that flow downstream, like stones, hence the name Steinert.

    The geographical background heavily influenced the grape varieties and the growing-method of this locality of 34.90ha where it was necessary to use a rootstock, highly-resistant to active limestone and drought, therefore, not very vigorous. Considering these factors, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling are the major varieties in Steinert.

    Since 1150, the Benedictine convent of Muri (Switzerland), the Roman Catholic Diocese of Basel and Strasbourg owned the vineyards in this area called Steinert. These wines were served to the pilgrims and bishops of the communities.

    Steinert wine is characterised by very developed aromas, especially after ageing.

    Citation

    This Grand Cru is marked by a great intensity.

    The palate structure allies a wonderful body to a straightforward freshness. The combination of the two brings out a precise and homogeneous balance. A generous, expressive length marked by a mineral sensation reminiscent of warm pebbles. An aromatic root-like touch is often detected, showing the direct connection of the wine to the soil which saw it grow. 

    Even if all grape varieties have a juicy sensation, Riesling expresses itself in a sparkling and saline manner on the Steinert. Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are incredibly generous, marked by enchanting notes of very-ripe white fruits and liquorice.

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

    Consommation

    This is a Grand Cru which demands a little patience, between 4 to 5 years. This period allows the saline potential to reveal itself and to play its role in providing wine balance.

    During early vintage: the generous matter gives wine a balance allowing spicy notes to unfold without being dominant.

    During late vintage: the juicy spirit of Steinert wine is maintained and completed by a more angular exuberance which accentuates a vigorous sensation.


    Accords

    The general intensity of Cru-specific wine allows for several pairing possibilities. The dish meatiness is decisive as a firm texture is required to bring taste rivalries to the identity of this Cru. Therefore, crustaceans and firm-textured sea-based fish, like monkfish, will perfectly balance out the intense expression of Steinert. Its weight also favours roasted or grilled chicken.