A dry, tight, deep and tannic wine. Thick and dark matter.
This Bergheim terroir forms an amphitheatre that opens to the South, overlooking the great wines of Ribeauvillé, and is one of the best in the area. Its poetical name refers to the word for draughtboard and expresses the heterogeneous nature of the topsoil, which is made up of torrent deposits of sandstone, granite and sometimes gneiss, spread over a deep base of Keuper lake marl. These dominant characteristics and companion planting (Riesling, Pinot, Gewurztraminer) give the wine phenomenal length, a slightly tannic structure and power that is very lightly rounded by the hot minerality that is so specific to rolled gravel – an iron hand in a velvet glove.
Tasted in the dark:
Veal. Fine poultry (roasted guinea fowl). Beef Tartar. Game birds (pheasant). Peppered and spicy dishes. Cheeses: comté, époisses, langres, munster, refined Dutch cheese.
Companion planting of Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer.
Dry, tight, thick, deep and tannic wine.
10 to 15 years.
Torrential sediments of sandstone, granite and occasionally gneiss, resting on a deep matrix of Keuper marl. Black soil, warm, quiet, very early climate.