Riesling 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, hand-sorted, then pressed in a pneumatic press. Slow fermentation with indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled (20°C) tanks. After, 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.
About the Producer
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.
2015 vintage notes: warm vintage. The wines are rich, with a wonderful complexity, and that was a great year for Pinot Noir, showing the potential of Alsace for that variety. Harvest for the Crémant d’Alsace started very early in September. The grapes were beautiful, with no rotten berries. The weather stayed dry until November 15th.
2016 vintage notes: the wines have a pleasant fruitiness and freshness. The weather conditions in September and October were very good, allowing for perfect grape ripeness. The harvest for the Crémant d’Alsace started on September 12th. Then Pinot Noir followed, on September 27th. The harvest lasted until the end of October.
Domaine Charles Baur
The vineyard of Eguisheim