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New Release: Domaine Weinbach's 2017s
17 January 2019

We are delighted today to be able to release the latest vintage from the iconic Domaine Weinbach. After the challenges that this estate has experienced in recent years (not that anyone drinking their wines would know it) it would appear that things are once again looking bright for the Faller family, with both of Catherine Faller’s sons now working full time at the estate. The 2017s certainly appear to display all the elegance and sure-footedness we’ve come to love in these grand and complex wines from Kayserberg’s finest sites; indeed 2017 strikes us a vintage of calm, elegant sleekly textured wines bursting with ripe fruit profiles but also pleasing acidities. The vintage itself was marked by extreme climatic conditions. A warm and dry start to the year saw budding occur up to three weeks earlier than average. This of course paved the way for the damage caused by the disastrous frosts on the nights of the 19th and 20th April. The final losses amounted to 50% of the Gewurztraminer crop and 25% of the Riesling and Pinot Gris crops. Following this came rapid flowering in warm conditions, and then a summer that for the most part was warm and very dry. A little rain in July punctuated the arid summer, leading to an official 1st September start date for the Alsatian harvest, which was very early indeed. The Fallers, seeking optimal phenolic ripeness, waited a full three weeks longer than this, beginning on the 21st September. Their last grapes came in on the 16th October having played “a poker game, where sitting tight, playing the clock and taking risks allowed us to enjoy a perfect Indian summer during the harvest.”    Read More

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