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[1] 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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