Pinot Blanc `Klevner` Réserve

Haut-Rhin

Cave de Hunawihr

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of...

vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, 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.

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Vineyards

Grapes for the Pinot Blanc 'Klevner' are grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes 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 were approximately 80 hectolitres per hectare and the average age of the vines is 25 years old.

Vintage Information

In 2016, nature took its time to reveal good quantities of bright, ripe fruits. Budburst began in May, and flowering started in early June. The vines continued to mature until the end of August. Harvest started on 14th September for the Crémants and 7th October for the other wines. The wines of this vintage are fresh and light, with plenty of vivacity.

Vinification

This Pinot Blanc is a blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards. 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.

Tasting Notes

Pale, almost luminous yellow, with an elegant silver tint. Very fresh and striking on the nose, with citrus aromas and a floral hint. Rich and silky, this is a full-bodied wine with good balance and fresh acidity. A lovely bouquet of lemon and pear continues on the long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco
Region Haut-Rhin, Alsace
Winemaker Nicolas Garde
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Residual Sugar 5.5g/l