The Clos du Zahnacker
A terroir blessed by the gods
The Clos du Zahnacker has been the exclusive property of “La Cave de Ribeauvillé” since 1965. This Clos was successively owned by warriors and religious men. It bears the name of one of its first known owners, a knight and monk by the name of Martin Zahn (Zahn Acker = the field of Zahn).
With its original 124 acres, the Clos, overlooked by the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle is located in the heart of the Grand Cru Osterberg vineyard and benefits from an ideal south easterly position. The three varietals plantation rule is still observed: Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer are grown in equal quantities and are simultaneously fermented, producing an exceptional cuvée.
A royal history…
Old texts trace its origin to the 8th century. Local history says that Louis the XIV known as “Roi Soleil” enjoyed the wine which came from the Clos du Zahnacker and would have savoured it in an “hanap” (cup) to be seen still in the Ribeauvillé Civil center.
Harvest took place on October 7th during a sunny autumn day, of healthy grapes with an average potential of 14°. The “bottiches” (harvest baskets) were brought to the cellar at 10 am to make the most of the fresh morning temperatures. After a gentle pressing of the whole grape and a racking of the must, the juice was placed in stainless steel vats in our “pouponnière” (nursery). Fermentation ended at Christmas and the wine remained on its lees until end of March. The bottling took place end of June.
Golden yellow in colour, the nose is intense and complex. At first, the Riesling dominates. Then, the smokiness of the Pinot Gris and the rose and spicy aromas of the Gewurztraminer delicately enhance it. The mouth is full and well-structured with an explosion of citrus (lemon, yellow grapefruit, mandarin), peach, mirabelle and spices (rose pepper, coriander). The finish is long, fine and clean, the mark of the exceptional terroir: le Clos du Zahnacker.