The Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée Alsace Grand Cru
wine must come from a strictly defined
vineyard within the overall production area for Alsace Wines. Experts appointed by the
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rigine) have defined
the regions of production, which are protected by rigorous legislation.
To be precise :
only 4 grape varieties are authorised for production of Grand Cru wines. (Riesling, Gewurztraminer,
Tokay pinot-gris, Muscat, "varieties"
Grapes must have a minimum
natural potential alcohol, while yields are limited. , the label grand Cru, the name of the grand cru,
the grape variety and the year must be marked on the label.
An exceptional site of
Situated between 230 and 330 meters
above Sea level, the Grand Cru Goldert has a subsoil consisting of oolithic, Dogger limestone.
Lower down, in the main part of the site, it is made up of tertiary calcareous conglomerates
and marls. In general the subsoil develops a clayey, stony and healthy soil, where a high
carbonate content is allied to a good drainage.
"The large village of Gueberschwihr was
already known in the year 750 as a wine locality wrote the historian Médard Barth."
The Name "GOLDERT" comes from the golden colour of its wines, appreciated by gourmets. Abroad
also, their reputation was second-to-none, in terms of quality, bouquet, and vigour.
Two rare, special classifications:
(late harvest) and Sélection Grains Nobles
added to A.O.C.Alsace indicate
exceptional late-harvest wines, often semi-sweet or sweet. Obtained exclusively from the varieties
Gewurztraminer, Tokay pinot-gris, Riesling and Muscat in exceptional vintages. They are often
picked several weeks after the official start of the harvest, the aromatic character of each
variety is further enhanced by concentration and development of noble rot.
Grains Nobles wines come from grapes affected by noble rot (botrytis cinerea), harvested in
successive pickings. The character of the grape variety is overshadowed by the concentration,
giving powerful wines with great complexity and exceptional length on the palate. These
veritable masterpieces are characterised by their intense, complex aroma. Serve with
the dessert or after a meal as a fine finish, or they can be served at a party...