|Charles Baur is located in Eguisheim, in the heart of Alsace, 3 miles away from Colmar. The estate has been in the family since the early 18th century and in 1930, Albert Baur bought the farmhouse that currently hosts the winery. In 1950, his son Charles started bottling and marketing the wine produced; he gradually extended the estate, acquiring excellent vineyards. A meticulous and enterprising winegrower, Charles later transmitted his know-how to his son Armand, who took over the business in 1980, after obtaining a degree in oenology. Arnaud, the son of Armand and Brigitte Baur, joined the family business in 2009, after obtaining a degree in agricultural engineering, with a specialization in winegrowing and oenology. Today, the domaine covers 17 hectares of vines, on the finest slopes of Eguisheim and its immediate vicinity. The vineyard also has several plots located in the Grand Crus Brand, Eichberg and Pfersigberg.|
In order to produce top quality wines, yields are kept at a moderate level, and the grapes are all hand-harvested and hand-sorted. They are then pressed whole, in pneumatic presses. The Baur wines are all from estate fruit and the goal is to produce Alsatian wines that are balanced, elegant, and that bring out the particular qualities of each terroir and each vintage. Fermentations are long and temperatures are kept under close control. After fermentation, all the wines mature on the lees for several months. The Baur family also produces elaborate eaux de vie, with the fruits from their own orchards. The vineyards in Eguisheim: predominantly limestone and clay soil, on slopes of medium steepness. Protected by the first foothills of the Vosges, there is little rainfall (less than 600 mm per year), which favors maturation and limits disease. Wines from these slopes are renowned since the Middle Ages.
For several years, the Baur family has cultivated vineyards located on the two “Grand Cru” areas of Eguisheim:
- Grand Cru Eichberg: the soil is made of clay, and its subsoil is rich in sandstone, limestone and silica. The Eichberg wines are distinguished by their remarkable aromatic complexity. The Baur family owns 2.2 ha of Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer in this Grand Cru.
- Grand Cru Pfersigberg: this vineyard is extremely rich in limestone and clay, with very steep south exposed slopes and a well drained subsoil. The Pfersigberg wines are renowned for their delicacy. The Baurs' cultivate 1 ha of Gewürztraminer.
The vineyard in Turckheim : The Grand Cru Brand, a renowned Alsatian vineyard moulded on a natural cirque, with south and southeast exposure. Since 2008, Charles Baur cultivates 54 ares of Riesling and 16 ares of Pinot Gris in this Grand Cru. The soil is mostly composed of sand and granite. With great finesse, subtility, and a very specific fruitiness, the Brand wines display regal balance.
The vineyard in Colmar: they are located in the plain. These vineyards have “poor” soils which are rich in sand and alluvia. Wines from these vineyards are light and fruity. Farming practices: Certified organic since the 2014 vintage. 2014 Vintage report: The winter was mild and humid, with almost no negative temperatures. March was warm and dry and that weather lasted until April 25th, with a bud burst around April 1st. On April 15th, some vineyards got damaged by frost (15% of the total). May was nice and a little bit rainy. The blooming period started on June 1st, followed by a warm and dry month. Arnaud Baur feared damages because of water stress, but July was fortunately wet, with 150 mm rainfall. August was mild but not warm. The harvest started on September 5th for the sparkling wines. September was sunny but some grapes already had rotten berries. The vintage required a selective hand picking and sorting in order to only keep the best fruit. Harvest was small in quantity. The first tastings reveal beautiful wines with nice flavors, and a good structure. 2013 Vintage Report: The winter was relatively mild but very humid. March saw colder weather and a little bit of snow. In April, only 2 periods of four sunny days in a row, with otherwise cool and rainy weather. May and June were also relatively cold and humid, with a late blooming - between June 15th and June 25th. In July, warm and dry weather, sometimes stormy. August was warm and relatively dry - besides some periods of rain, which was necessary because the soils were dry and some vines began to suffer. Unfortunately, 1 hectare was damaged by the hail and the Baurs' lost 30% of the fruit there. Harvest started around September 20th for the Crémant, and at the beginning of October for the other cuvées.
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|40% Auxerrois, 40% Pinot Blanc and 20% Chardonnay. The vines average 25 year old and grow on a limestone and clay soil.|
The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-sorted. They are pressed in a pneumatic press. The second fermentation in the bottle lasts one month at a low temperature. The wine is then aged an extra 24 months before disgorgement.
Fine bubbles, expressive bouquet with aromas of white flowers, melon and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is fresh, delicate, well balanced, with notes of pear and white peach. 12% Alcohol. 1775 cases made.
|100% Pinot blanc from 25 year old vines, limestone and clay soil.|
The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-sorted. The ones attacked by noble rot are removed. The grapes are pressed in a pneumatic press and ferment slowly in temperature-controlled (20°C) tanks. After fermentation, the wine matures on its lees for several months, and is bottled in August.
This medium-dry Pinot is a rich, rounded wine with intense notes of pear, apricot and white flowers. On the palate, it is supple, lively, lightly aromatic with toasted aromas. 990 cases made. 12.5% Alcohol.
|Riesling "Cuvée Charles"|
|100% Riesling from 25 year old vines, sandy soil with gravels.|
The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-sorted. They are pressed in a pneumatic press and ferment slowly in temperature- controlled (20°C) tanks. After fermentation, the wine matures on its lees for several months, and is bottled in August.
The generations who came after the founder Charles Baur have decided that "Cuvée Charles" would strive to be the most representative Riesling of the vintage. Nose of white flowers and citrus (pink grapefruit), fresh and crisp on the palate. Dry and balanced with a long finish. 975 cases made. 13% Alcohol.
|Riesling - Alsace Grand Cru Brand|
|100% Riesling from 30 year old vines, sandy soil with granite. The Baur family cultivates this Grand Cru since 2008. The vines are on very steep slopes and enjoy south/southeast exposure, allowing the grapes to reach optimum ripeness.|
The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-sorted. They are pressed in a pneumatic press and ferment slowly in temperature controlled (20°C) tanks. After fermentation, the wine matures on its lees for several months and is bottled in August.
Nose of white flowers and grapefruit, rich palate with an intense minerality. 210 cases made. 13% Alcohol.
|Gewürztraminer - Alsace Grand Cru Pfersigberg|
|100% Gewürztraminer from 25 year old vines, limestone and clay soil, well drained subsoil. The Baur family has one hectare of Gewürztraminer in Pfersigberg, on very steep slopes enjoying south exposure, allowing the grapes to reach optimum ripeness.|
The grapes are hand-harvested and hand-sorted. The ones attacked by noble rot are removed. The grapes are pressed in a pneumatic press and ferment slowly in temperature controlled (20°C) tanks. After fermentation, the wine matures on its lees for 5 months.
This semi-sweet wine displays a floral nose of rose petals and violet, with a rich and spicy palate. 225 cases made. 14% Alcohol.
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