Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2014

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Mount Sigolsheim, northwest of Colmar, was the high ground fought for in the battle of the “Colmar Pocket,” January 20 to February 9, 1945. On the summit is the French military necropolis commemorating this historic battle for one of the last regions occupied by German infantry. It took American and French forces three weeks in frigid temperatures to dislodge the German bridgehead. On the south-facing slope of this hill is the celebrated Grand Cru Mambourg. Records show that as early as the year 783, elegant wines of the present-day Mambourg were famous. Monasteries and the nobility owned vineyards on this 61.85-hectare (152.84-acre) foothill of the Vosges range. The vineyard enjoys optimum sunshine and scant rainfall. Alsace — in the rain shadow on the lee side of the Vosges Mountains — is one of the driest regions of France. The soil here is lime-magnesium over calcareous and marl conglomerates that formed during the Tertiary period, 65 million to 1.6 million years ago.

    • Appellation: AOC Alsace Grand Cru
    • Location: Vosges foothill northeast of village of Sigolsheim, one of the foothills which penetrates furthest into the Alsatian plain; southern exposure
    • Size: 2 hectares (4.9 acres)
    • Vine Age: 40 years
    • Soil: Limestone, chalk and clay
  • Vinification

    • Traditional Vinification: alcoholic fermentation under temperature control; lees contact for 8 to 10 months; light filtration.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gewurztraminer
    • Alcohol: 12.5%



  • Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2014 – 90 points – Wine Enthusiast Online

    “The nose is an intricate blend of rose petal, sandalwood and the ripe red-speckled skin of plump mirabelle plums. The palate echoes this perfectly, with an off-dry, cushioned and plump feel that just bathes all the senses in ripe fruit...”