Alsace Willm - Clos Gaensbroennel - Gewurztraminer label
Alsace Willm - Clos Gaensbroennel - Gewurztraminer bottle

Alsace Willm - Clos Gaensbroennel - Gewurztraminer 2017

White Wine

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Item# 454-17

Description

The Willm vineyard is located in the Barr region of northern Alsace at an altitude of 200-400 meters, extending from the mountainous base of the Vosges to the plains of Alsace and the Rhine. Bordered by the Vosges Mountains to the west, the Barr hillsides benefit from a dry and sunny microclimate thanks to their south-southeast exposure, optimal for cultivating the vines. The fluctuation between warm days and cool nights in autumn is conducive to a slow, prolonged grape maturation. The diverse soils are a product of the region’s diverse landscape. The mountainous Vosges make way for smaller hills which stretch into various flatlands—just a few of about a dozen geological formations that comprise the region’s landscape. The vineyard itself consists primarily of granite and clay-limestone soils, while the coastal marine environment contributes to the terroir’s mineral-rich quality.

Estate

In 1896 the Willm family founded the Willm Estate in Barr, at the foot of the majestic Kirchberg de Barr Grand Cru vineyard. Willm has always been concerned with revealing the best of its terroirs and sharing its exceptional wines with the whole world. Thanks to the adventurous founder Emile WILLM, the estate’s wines were the first from Alsace to be exported to the United States in the early 1930s, after prohibition laws were lifted. Their wines are celebrated for their blend freshness, minerality and elegance; they are synonymous with tradition, terroir, purity and refinement.

Vineyard

Specific terroir, south-east sun exposure with a soil of marl and limestone. The vines are on slopes, high up (260metres). This amazing terroir gives the wine refine minerality and complexity Clos gaensbroennel :
emblem of the goose fountain, the plot has been one of the historical cuvée of Willm since the 30's. Specific plot on the botton of the vines, separated from the others because of its exceptional soil. When it's raining, the minerals are falling and concentrate on the bottom and give more flavors and minerality to the wine. Between 10 and 20 years ageing potential