Powerful and thick red wine with polished tannins.
Facing south, overhanging the grand crus of Ribeauvillé, this Bergheim terroir, one of the most qualitative in fining, takes its poetic name from the checkerboard which expresses the heterogeneous nature of the superficial soil made up of torrential sandstone, granite and sometimes gneissic deposits, set on a deep matrix of Keuper lake marls. These dominant characteristics give the wine a phenomenal length, a slightly tannic structure, a power barely rounded off by this warm minerality so particular to rolled gravel: an iron hand in a velvet glove.
Historically produced as a white wine, the first red wine was born in the 2016 vintage. The result is disturbingly similar in terms of mouthfeel. The wine is powerful, with polished tannins. If it is nourishing, the matter offers a rough touch, a phenomenal width, but in a cold, tight, organic atmosphere, calling for proteins and red meats.
Magnificent with red or white meat, and poultry pairings.
Powerful and tight red wine.
15 to 20 years.
This wine is made up of torrential deposits of sandstone, granite and sometimes gneiss, spread over a deep base of Keuper lake marl.