Pierre Sparr

Alsace, France

Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2017

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  • Introduction

    • 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. The vineyard enjoys optimum sunshine and scant rainfall. The soil here formed during the Tertiary period, 65 million to 1.6 million years ago.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: AOC Alsace Grand Cru
    • Location: Vosges foothill northeast of village of Sigolsheim; southern exposure
    • Viticulture: No irrigation; trellised vines; hand-harvesting
    • Size: 2.5 hectares (6.18 acres)
    • Vine Age: 40 years
    • Soil: Lime-magnesium over calcareous and marl conglomerates
  • Vintage Report

    • Dates for the start of harvest are set to achieve the best sugar-to-acid ratio, generally 100 days after the median date of flowering. The 2017 harvest was excellent, but yields were down by up to 33% due to spring frosts.

    • Harvest Date(s): Middle of November, set by decree for each AOC
    • Yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare (3.7 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • Traditional, temperature-controlled fermentation, no malolactic

    • Aging: Stainless-steel tanks, wine on fine lees for 8 to 10 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Gewurztraminer
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 3.4 g/L
    • RS: 32.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • This glittering yellow wine delivers rich notes of spice and pepper balanced with fresh fruit aromas of lychee. On the palate, this Gewurztraminer leads with juicy exotic fruits and honeyed sweetness — AOC Alsace Grand Cru wines have a higher minimum sugar content than AOC Alsace wines, delivering richness balanced with a subtle acidity. A spicy, very long finish completes this elegant wine.



  • Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer, Mambourg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru – 2017 – Wine & Spirits – 94 Points

    It has the clean balance of a vintage without extremes, a sweet adolescent beauty delivered in high-toned spice and meadow-flower scents. There’s underlying toasty richness, but the main element is a freshness that can carry off that glistening impression of sweetness. Decant it for chawanmushi (a delicate, savory Japanese custard) or serve it with a bacon-and-onion quiche.