Brandhurst de Bergheim
Burning bush – Cited from 814
- SLOPE :
- Slope: medium to strong
- Altitude : Between 250 and 300 meters
- EXPOSURE: Uniformly oriented South / South East and forms a semi-circle
The Brandhurst is composed of a heavy soil, made from marl, lias and limestone. This soil is relatively fertile and quite difficult to work, rather reducing on the surface and balanced in depth thanks to clays of the montmorillonite type. Their particularity is to absorb heat for a very long time and to release it at night or at the end of the season, where the natural outbreak of botrytis cinereas. This very high cation exchange capacity gives the wines a taste quality very specific to this terroir.
Color : White
Distribution of grape varieties and / blend planted on the terroir : the plasticity of these clays in this particular environment allows the adaptation of a wide range of grape varieties in this cru. Gexurztraminer 60%, Pinot Gris 15%, Riesling 15%, Muscat, Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner
SOME FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS:
GEWURZTRAMINER : cooking with plants, dark chocolate dessert …
GEWURZTRAMINER SELECTION OF NOBLE GRAINS : Fruit gratin, chocolate pear, as an aperitif, goose foie gras, at the end of a meal …
PINOT GREY: veal blanquette, Iberian pork, cream dishes …
ABOUT THE PLACE-DIT
A very long aging wine that gains in elegance and complexity with a few years in bottle after 20 or 30 years when the wines are at their peak, in their prime.
In the first years, the aromas of the wines have little aromatic intensity with hints of slightly overripe dried fruits. The carnal and generous mouth is underlined by a very nice fine acidity and all in persistence.
With a few years in the bottle, the intensity of the aromas is revealed in subtlety through notes of infusion of yellow fruit tea that continue in the mouth. The power and generosity of the aromas on the palate amaze the taste buds. This sensation of salinity associated with noble bitters is made more complex by a very nice acidity. The breadth and the extraordinary persistence of these acidities give the Brandhurst wines an digestible and saline aspect despite the strong natural richness of sugars. This masculine wine, in its youth, acquires feminine notes over time.
CLIMATE / LANDSCAPE DESCRIPTION
- Weather: Brandhurst is a warm terroir, because it is located in a circus, facing south and in a valley protected from the winds. The vineyard never suffers from drought. It is never subjected to the north, east or west wind. These heavy soils start quite late and the regularity of the water supply and the fertility of the clay-limestone soils allow very late harvests because the soil heat is gently restored at the end of the season, even in cold years. The grapes are rather rich but have excellent acidity accompanied by a great wealth of minerals.
- Description of the landscape: To the east there is the hillock of the grand cru Altenberg de Bergheim. To the west there is the Burlenberg cru, then the mountain. At its feet there is the grand cru of Kanzlerberg from Bergheim. This South East exhibition circus thus connects the vineyards of Bergheim to that of Rorschwihr at its rump. The Brandhurst is a heavy clay soil, protected from the winds by its landlocked character, set back and as if shielded from all excessive influences. However, it benefits from very good solar radiation. Here there is always: enough water, enough fertility, enough heat and enough regularity. The only constraint: heavy soils start later as a long-distance runner forcing you to respect the tillage. The vine has its head in the sun and its roots deep for cool growth. The toponymy of the name Brandhurst means “coppice that burns” or “burning bush” is a plant that grows despite its head is burning in the sun.
All these peculiarities allow the development of passerillage systematically accompanied by very good botrytization in both hot and cold years. Thus, the winegrower can harvest the grapes later to overconcentrate the particularities of this cru.
THE WINES OF THIS TERROIR ON SALE IN OUR SHOP
15 Grand Rue 68590 Rorschwihr
at 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and the second
and fourth Sunday of each month of
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