Domaine Bott Geyl Gewurtraminer Grand Cru Sonnenglanz 2011 75cl
The area of the vineyard is 33 hectares at 220 to 270 metres altitude. The soil is formed of conglomerates and marl of the Oligocene period. The vines face southeast and thus it has a particularly dry microclimate (between 500 and 550 mm rain per annum), which is propitious for Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. They have scents of pomelos, pineapples and flowers. The Grand Cru Sonnenglanz has a terroir for botrytis (noble rot), which gives a smooth, light and subtle character in this vineyard.
Jean-Christophe Bott harvested most of the way through October of 2011 not picking Schoenenbourg and Mandelberg Rieslings until near the end of that month and with excellent results. Quite a bit of grand cru Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer (including all of his Furstentum) was declassified into generics. This translates as higher quality fruit spread throughout the spectrum of Bott-Geyl and thus higher quality wines for the same price.
"The Bott-Geyl 2011 Gewurztraminer Sonnenglanz Vendange Tardive presents diverse candied citrus rinds, celery seed, caraway, and rose petal, along with bites of horseradish and black pepper, all overlain by a honeyed glaze of clean botrytis. Creamy and buoyant, it brings maritime salinity and alkalinity as well as a surprising degree of fresh pink grapefruit to a mouthwatering and invigorating finish. The most heavily botrytized material in this site was picked out a few days ahead to inform an S.G.N., so that a goodly measure of healthy fruit remained in the mix for this V.T., guaranteeing its surprising and welcome degree of primary juiciness. This impressive performance is likely to be sustained through at least 2025 and possibly well beyond.
(David Schildknecht, Robert Parkers Wine Advocate #214, Aug 2014)