The Heimbourg of Turckheim is a small vineyard sloping 35% to the west, facing the east side of the Brand, then turning abruptly towards the south with the slope increasing to over 50%. Climatically, this hillside enjoys a lengthy period of evening sunshine, because thanks to its position facing the Munster valley, the vines are not in the shade of the Vosges Mountains. The west side is a late-ripening area, the grapes ripen slowly, always retain good acidity and see a late development of noble rot. The south side is naturally a lot warmer and early-ripening (the same goes for the Clos Jebsal), but always benefits from the wind from the valley which prevents the noble rot from developing too early. The soil structure is a clay-limestone substratum (oligocene limestone and interbedded marl) where the yellow or white calcareous rocks are present in large numbers on the surface. We have chosen to plant the Pinot Gris (1.6ha) in the upper part which faces west and has the poorest and stoniest soil. The Gewurztraminer (1ha) lies just below, also facing west. The small south side was planted with Riesling in 1994 (1.15ha) and in 1997 we planted a small parcel of Pinot noir (0.3ha).
Turckheim,,,, Alsace, FRANCE
drink or keep
92-93 points, Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, Feb 2017
Harvested on the 3rd of September (it`s from a south/south-west-facing vineyard!), the 2015 Riesling Heimbourg is pure, ripe and stony on the nose, with concentrated lemon and crushed stone aromas. Dense, intense and piquant, this is a very elegant, juicy but always lean Riesling; it has a long, pure and salty finish with a good structure. The acidity is ripe and perfectly integrated. Tasted as a sample that was ready to be bottled on one of the following days. 92-93 points