1605 SAN PABLO AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94702   |   510.524.1524

KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Alsace Blanc
60% Sylvaner, 20%Auxerrois, 20%Muscat 25 - 45 years Loess, Silt, Limestone 2 ha
Crémant d'Alsace
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Auxerrois 25 - 45 years Loess, Silt, Limestone .2 ha
Gewurztraminer "Tradition"
Gewurztraminer 25 - 45 years Loess, Silt, Limestone 2 ha
Muscat "Tradition"
Muscat 25 - 45 years Loess, Silt, Limestone 2 ha
Pinot Blanc
70% Pinot Blanc, 30% Auxerrois 25 - 45 years Loess, Silt, Limestone 4 ha
Pinot Gris "Tradition"
Pinot Gris 25 - 45 years Loess, Silt, Limestone 2 ha
Riesling "Tradition"
Riesling 25 - 45 years Loess, Silt, Limestone 4 ha
Riesling
Grand Cru Geisberg
Riesling 70 years Limestone, Marl, Sandstone 2 ha
Sylvaner
"Trois Châteaux"
Sylvaner 25 - 45 years Mainly Limestone .3 ha
Auxerrois
"Trois Châteaux"
Auxerrois 25 - 45 years Mainly Limestone .6 ha
Muscat
"Trois Châteaux"
Muscat 25 - 45 years Mainly Limestone .6 ha
Riesling
"Trois Châteaux"
Riesling 25 - 45 years Mainly Limestone .6 ha
Riesling
"Trois Châteaux"
Grand Cru Pfersigberg
Riesling 25 - 45 years Marl, Limestone 1.2 ha
Pinot Gris
"Trois Châteaux"
Pinot Gris 25 - 45 years Mainly Limestone 2 ha
Pinot Gris
"Trois Châteaux"
Grand Cru Eichberg
Pinot Gris 25 - 45 years Clay, Limestone, Sandstone, Quartz .25 ha
Gewurztraminer
"Trois Châteaux"
Grand Cru Pfersigberg
Gewurztraminer 25 - 45 years Marl, Limestone 1.1 ha
Pinot Gris
"Cuvée Caroline"
Vendange Tardive
Pinot Gris 25 - 45 years Clay, Limestone, Sandstone, Quartz .3 ha
Gewurztraminer
"Cuvée Caroline"
Vendange Tardive
Gewurztraminer 25 - 45 years Marl, Limestone .2 ha
Riesling
"Cuvée Jérémy"
Sélection de Grains Nobles
Riesling 25 - 45 years Marl, Limestone .19 ha
Pinot Gris
"Cuvée Jérémy"
Sélection de Grains Nobles
Pinot Gris 25 - 45 years Clay, Limestone, Sandstone, Quartz .19 ha
Gewurztraminer
"Cuvée Jérémy"
Grand Cru Pfersigberg SGN
Gewurztraminer 25 - 45 years Marl, Limestone .2 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

The estate owns 10 hectares of vineyards that are certified biodynamic and 6 hectares are organic, with vines ranging in age from 25 to 45 years. The total production comes from 30 hectares on the steep slopes in and around the village of Husseren-les-Châteaux. All grapes are hand-harvested.

Still White Wines:
The whole grapes are pressed slowly (generally 4-6 hours) in a pneumatic press, then the must is chilled to 52°F while the heavy lees settle. Slow fermentation (2-6 months) takes place in oak foudres over 100 years old for the Pinot Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, which need the extra oxygen provided by the wood. The Gewurztraminer and Muscat are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats to preserve their delicate aromas. The wines are aged on the fine lees and racked in the springtime, according to the cycles of the moon. The wines are generally bottled in May.

The Eichberg Grand Cru Vineyard:
This south/southeast-facing vineyard sits at an altitude of 340 meters (1,115 feet) above sea level in a dry, warm microclimate that is well protected by the Vosges Mountains. Sandstone rocks can be found throughout the clay and limestone soil, and parts of the vineyard have significant deposits of white quartzite. The soil is well aerated and rich in minerals and gives powerful wines with complex aromatics and substantial body supported by good acidity. These grand cru wines age beautifully.

The Pfersigberg Grand Cru Vineyard:
Sheltered by the Alsatian massif, the southeast-facing Pfersigberg vineyard sits on a marl and limestone soil that is also rich in fossils and various types of stones dating from the Jurassic period. Grapes ripen rather early here, and the resulting wines are very mineral, with bright acidity and good aging potential.

The Geisberg Grand Cru Vineyard:
The Geisberg vineyard is one of Alsace’s top crus, known for producing razor sharp, high acid, long-lived Rieslings. Only three growers producer wine from this complex terroir of limestone, marl, and sandstone. “Geisberg” means “Goat mountain.”

The Vineyards of Husseren-les-Châteaux:
The south- and southeast-facing vineyards in and around Husseren-les-Châteaux have porous soils that are rich in loess and silt, with some sand and limestone.

The Vendanges Tardives and Sélections de Grains Nobles:
The late harvest and SGN wines are sourced mainly from the grand cru vineyards of Eichberg, Pfersigberg, and Florimont, which enjoy maximum sun exposure and therefore produce very concentrated fruit. The harvest is highly selective, and the gentle pressing can last up to 24 hours. The wines are aged on the fine lees in stainless steel cuve for 8 months. These wines are made only in years when the weather produces overripe or raisinated grapes and favors the development of noble rot.

Crémant d’Alsace “Tradition”:
The grapes are pressed in a pneumatic press and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The still wines age on the fine lees for at least six months and are racked the following summer according to the cycles of the moon before being bottled for the second fermentation. The bottles are stored for at least ten months, during which the second fermentation is completed and the wine continues to gain complexity and roundness from the contact with its fine lees. Dosage is .75 grams/liter with a residual sugar of 8 grams per liter.