Beck-Hartweg, Pinot Gris Grand Cru Frankstein, 2016
Salty, Stony, Fruity
Alsace Grand Cru AOC, Alsace
Beck-Hartweg is one of the historic domaines of Alsace which can be traced back to the early 16th century. They're located in the medieval town of Dambach-la-Ville, a quintessentially Alsatian village, built upon a unique and homogeneous pink granite bedrock. Florian and Mathilde are the 16th generation at the domaine and despite their young age (early 30s) they've already gained a solid reputation as a skilled and progressive representative of the future of Alsace. Respect and increase of life through the soils and vines have been the main focus for the past two generations, with the return of grass in the vineyards from 1982 and organic certification in 2011. Nowadays, inspired among others by the writings of Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka Florian and Mathilde allow wild plants to grow around their vines, roll them over, and create a mulch which in return increases organic matter and humidity. Meticulous vinification and ageing are carried out without the use of any additives including SO2; resulting in profound and vibrant wines.
The grapes are put in the pneumatic press without crushing, and the pressing is long and smooth in order to preserve the purity of the aromas. Wild-yeast fermentation during 3 months in old oak casks, then aged 8 more months on the fine lees. Estate bottled.