On the northern edge of the village, on the outermost foothills in the northwest, is the Sonnenglanz vineyard. Situated at an altitude of 220 to 270 metres, it has a perfect southeast exposure. It benefits particularly from an optimal microclimate with minimal rainfall. The soil is surprisingly uniform, characterised by Tertiary conglomerate of the Rheingraben limestones and marl layers from the Eo-oligocene. This formed a rather heavy, well-structured and strongly stony limestone soil.
A radiant golden yellow.
The 2016 Sonnenglanz Gewurztraminer Grand Cru is initially reserved on the nose, but reveals its chalky origins after decanting. Here, aromas of walnuts, marzipan, orange peel and white nougat emerge, complemented by notes of saffron and coriander. The gentle hint of honey and sultanas blends harmoniously into this bouquet. A striking and aristocratic Gewurztraminer with great depth.
Its taste is juicy, extremely refreshing and characterised by a generous sweetness that harmonises with lively acidity and spicy-malty depth. The finish is never filling, but always invigorating and stimulating. A precision that we expect from all Trapet wines. A Gewurztraminer that surprises with the finesse of a Riesling without denying its typical characteristics. Simply masterful!
Try it with foie gras consommé with crispy crumbs and fennel seeds, duck confit with orange-anise sauce and cardamom rice or a warm cake with toasted hazelnuts, accompanied by a kumquat compote and a blood orange sorbet.
Domaine Trapet Alsace, 14 Rue des Prés, 68340 Riquewihr / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01