Grand Cru Rangen
Rangen is the most southern and one of the highest Alsatian vineyards at an altitude of 330 to 467 m. It belongs to the villages of Thann and Vieux-Thann. The slopes of the south-facing Rangen mountain are very steep, which is where its name comes from, (Rangen means very steep in German) and it overhangs the river Thur. This mystical vineyard is the only one in Alsace with volcanic rock. Equally Thann is the only Alsatian village that can boast that all of its vineyards (22 hectares) are classed as Grand Cru. This Grand Cru is planted with Riesling and Pinot Gris.
It is made up of siliceous rock and basic lava which together make for a very fertile soil. The terroir is characterised by dark stony jointed rock which stores heat very well.
The Rangen’s proximity to a river, the Thur, and the staggering steepness of the Grand Cru contribute to the creation of a micro-climate which enables noble rot to occur, especially in the lower parts of the vineyard by the river.
Its wines have a unique aromatic strength! They are veritable vins de garde. Riesling has a very elegant and fine fruit; Pinot Gris is strong and classically elegant.
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Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen 2007
A beautiful golden yellow colour will accompany you to a nose with an exceptionally powerful and woody attack that continues with notes of gingerbread, quince pastes and salted butter caramel.
The palate will lead you along a soft and mellow attack towards aromas of vanilla and fresh white fruits (peach/pear) to finish with a touch of orange and gingerbread at the end of the mouth with a beautiful acid line that brings tension. We end on notes of carbon, graphite
Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen Vendanges Tardives 2001
Most certainly one of the most powerful wines in our vineyard! Behind its old gold colour, you will discover a full nose of quince, gingerbread and honey with a touch of minerality slightly flint. The attack explodes in the mouth with quince and peach predominating with honeyed notes, a hint of walnut and a strong salinity. The palate is very full with an exceptional length, this description only partially pays tribute to this wine and I lack the words to describe its exceptional “power” aspect. food & wine pairing: Difficult to find matches for wines such as this one, although it would be perfect on a foie gras, I would rather tend to orient myself towards North African dishes like a fig tagine or perhaps even paupiettes of veal with prunes, or even some Thai or Chinese dishes of the bitter-sweet type.
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Riesling Grand Cru Rangen 2003
It took almost 15 years for this wine to finally open!
On the nose we find a hint of melissa and mint with a touch of citron.
In the mouth, if a citrus side takes precedence over the attack, the salinity and minerality return very quickly to take over with a very present rock side. The length on the palate is exceptional, this wine is now over 15 years old but there is still incredible potential for maturation.
Riesling Grand Cru Rangen 2009
This wine has a beautiful golden color, nose very mineral and slightly smoky aromas stand out at first followed by notes of lemon / lime. The attack on the palate is quite supple and fruity with aromas of citrus fruit but the minerality appears quickly again with a side smoked / grilled. The mouth is extremely long and finishes on a saline / graphite side
Riesling Grand Cru Rangen Vendanges Tardives 2001
Under its bright yellow color hides a delicious nose of ripe white fruit, there are peach, pear, a hint of apricot and I would say a little strawberry! In the mouth, a sweet but airy attack continues by the arrival of a rich acidity of citrus fruits, quince, peach and some buttered notes that soften the whole.