This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Alsace, nine kilometres from Colmar. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.
Grapes for the Gewurztraminer Reserve are grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes around the village of Hunawihr at an altitude of 250-320 metres above sea level. The vineyards cover an area of 36 hectares, over a calcareous clay soil. Yields are 80 hectolitres per hectare, and the average age of the vines is 25 years.
This Gewurztraminer was made from a blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards, picked at optimum ripeness. The temperature controlled fermentation took place between 16-18°C for three weeks, followed by four months in stainless steel tanks to settle before careful filtration. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.
This wine is pale, straw yellow colour with an elegant silver tint. The nose is complex with delicate aromas of lychee, mango and rose. Full-bodied, this off-dry wine has a refreshing acidity with hints of rose lingering on the finish.