Josmeyer Riesling Grand Cru Hengst Samain
SAMAIN is the name given to the most important feast of the Celtic world. It took place in November and announced the end of the harvests, the beginning of dark period. Coming from healthy grapes harvested by successive sortings, the Riesling Hengst Samain is a wine of a great complexity.
The Winter and the Spring have a clement weather and the end of April, it’s like in Summer (27°C). June is warm and dry and the bloom ends on June 13th. In July and August are altogether dry and warm, some rains settle down at the end of season. We begin the grape harvests on September 18th.Wines are rich, very aromatic, I would say almost about an extrovert character. Well balanced, solid and structured, they are nevertheless soft and sensual.
The grapes were hand picked and whole-bunch pressed very slowly and gently in pneumatic presses over 5-8 hours to give a clean must and a beneficial amount of skin contact. Transferred to thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks the juice then began a natural fermentation using only its own natural yeast which lasted for one month. The fermentation was initially temperature controlled but was eventually allowed to proceed at its own pace to allow the wine to develop its own character and complexity. The wine stabilized in stainless steel tanks naturally during the winter season and, following a very gentle filtering, was bottled in March 2007 before the heat of summer to preserve the natural carbonic gas (a natural anti-oxidant). Malolactic fermentation is always avoided at Josmeyer and no chaptalization takes place.
Tasting Note: A somewhat dry style, yet very exotic and fragrant, showing rose, apricot, smoke and mineral aromas and flavors on an open, rich and broad-shouldered structure. Fine concentration and lenght.
Food Pairing: With this wine, you will serve the beautiful sea fish: bar, turbot, elbot, ray, burbot and the others. It will tease lobsters and spiny lobsters. With a little age, sashimis will be convenient for him marvelously. Old cheeses such of the old cheese like Comté, Gouda or Parmesan will be sublimated by this wine which sublimates its complexity through a language of the salt.
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