Gewurztraminer Vendages Tardives JB Adam 2014

Country
France
Region
Eguisheim
Producer
Jean-Baptiste Adam
Grape(s)
Gewürztraminer (100%)
Type
White
Style
Luxurious
Oaked Style
Unoaked
Body Style
Full bodied
Dry/Sweet Style
Medium
Alcohol Content
13%
Closure Style
Cork
Organic/Biodynamic
No
Vegetarian/Vegan
Vegetarian
No
Vegan
No
Allergens
Sulphites
Yes
Milk
No
Egg
No

Region

The Alsace region is a thin strip of steep hillside vineyards is located in northeast France. It is protected by the Vosges mountains to the west, Alsace is the driest region of France, a factor that compensates for the northerly location. Its wines were the first single varietals in France to be honoured with Appellation Controllée status 70 or more years ago. They are wines recognised for their rich aromatics and distinct character and are an ideal accompaniment with food

Producer

J-B Adam is one of the oldest estates in Alsace, with 19 ha of organic vineyard in the Haut Rhin village of Ammerschwir. The granite slopes of Grand Cru ‘Kaefferkopf’ provide the backdrop to the village and produce the estate’s unforgettable wines. 400 years on, J-B Adam remains in safe family hands, guided by the 14th generation of Adams, Jean-Baptiste and his daughters Laure, Pauline and Marie. Their progressive stewardship has seen the introduction of biodynamic principals and a ‘non-interventionist’ regime in the cellar (a natural process of slow pressing, wild fermentations and no filtration) that ensures wonderfully expressive, clean and complex wines.
Tasting Notes
The Vendanges Tardives or late harvest consists in delaying harvest time so as to increase the level of sugars in the berries. These late harvest wines are made only in the best of years and are harvested when the grapes are overripe and some may be affected by botrytis (noble rot) which dehydrates the grapes, concentrating the sugars. The bouquet is intense with tropical notes of pineapple, mango and passionfruit, the spicy notes of the Gewürztraminer shine through on the nose. The palate is intense and complex, full of tropical fruits, roses and spice. The fresh acidity in this wine balances the residual sugar superbly and leads to an exceptional length.
Food
Perfect with fois gras, fruit tarts or fresh tropical fruit such as mango.