a philosophy and a style
  Alsace Wines Aiméstentz
in Wettolsheim, on the
Wine Road, between
Colmar and Eguisheim
In order to be true with ourselves, we take extreme care :

in understanding the diversity of our soils :

The grape variety must match with the soil, moreover, the same perfect harmony must work with the grape variety and exposure/micro climate and landscape. Riesling, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc will really well mature with gritty, granitic or sandy soil, while Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer would need much more rich soils like clayey marly chalky soil in order to gain density and sapidity

It means that the grape variety must match with the soil, more over, the same perfect harmony must work with the grape variety and exposure/micro climate and landscape. So, Riesling, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc will really well mature in the first category of soil, while Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer would need much more rich soils in order to gain density and sapidity. Actually, in terms of fertility, you need to go further in the analysis because all the limestones and all the clays are not equivalent.

and in the life of the soils in our plots  :

- the ploughing and letting grass grow freely in alternate rows,
- by bringing home-made compost when the soil lacks mineral nutrients to rejuvenate the soil micro fauna and the flora biodiversity. We feed the soil and not the vineyard ; the vineyard will take advantage of that biodiversity due to the release and to the assimilation of the mineral elements.

This dynamic method is the main ingredient to having a healthy and well-balanced growth of the vine stock. Pruning is performed according to the development and sanitary state of each vine stock. The preferred approach to diseases and pests is to prevent them by good vine husbandry. We intervene as little as possible on the vine plant.

The whole estate has been moving over bio-agriculture since August 2007.
2010 : First vintage to qualify for Ecocert Certification. That is, from grapes grown using organic principles.
2012 : Organic wine vintage

By observing and understanding of our soils, we have incorporated organic agriculture into our vineyard management practices. Our goal consists of maintaining and improving the fertility of our soils, while adding biodiversity to them. All with respect to nature and its rythms.

Thus, we promote the sustainability of species and plants that give harmony, add richness and overall balance to nature. Biological agriculture allows interactions between earth, water, wine, air, fauna and flora.
The new european regulation for organic wine-making which is apply from the 2012 harvest improves the transparency for the consumer. Organic wines are identifiable by the EU organic logo.

Before harvesting, 2 to 3 grape berry samplings are done to evaluate the maturation degree. The crop picked by hand at optimum maturity is selected on the stock .

Thanks to lower yields, ripe, sound and whole grapes reach the pneumatic wine press for a 4 to 8 hours smooth and progressive press time, which allows us to obtain unchaptalised grape musts where the mineral elements of the berry's coating were released.

Before arriving by gravitation in the glass coated tanks, these musts are chilled (10 to 15 °C ). This way, they are naturally clarified. After 12 to 24 hours of static settling, juices are racked. Thanks to a well controlled fermentation (between 18 and 22 °C ), we elaborate much more fat and concentrated wines.

Maturing on fine lees during 6 months.
Clarifying of the wines at next spring.
For terroir wines, "Vendanges Tardives" wines and "Sélections de Grains Nobles" wines, bottling takes place after 12 to 15 months of ageing in tuns (very large oak barrels) where wine improvement through micro oxygenation continues.
With each vintage, we gain in precision and transparency and we also develop and establish the balance of flavours in our wines (of course with not too huge climate ups and downs).
Due to our better knowledge of soils and their efficient use, (member of "Vignes Vivantes" since the beginning in 1998) while still respecting their true nature, the mineral quality of our terroirs is even more noticeable in our wines. Our three most recent vintages reflect this aromatic complexity.

Vins d' Alsace
37 rue Herzog - 68920 Wettolsheim
  tel: +33 (0)3 89 80 63 77
fax: +33 (0)3 89 79 78 68

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