Altenbourg Gewurztraminer

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Altenbourg Gewurztraminer

1 bottle of 0.75 L

 Delicat and floral nose, elegant yet complex, of rose petal and spices.


A Kientzheim vineyard.
Clay-limestone soil, gently sloping, south-facing.


The juice is extracted with infinite care in our air-bag press. The slow, gentle pressing avoids crushing the stalks and pips.
The must starts fermenting of its own accord thanks to the natural yeast present in the juice, and the fermentation generally lasts from 4 to 10 weeks. It is carried out in stainless-steel vats equipped with temperature control, a medium which maximises the expression of this variety's aromas.


The wine is matured on its lees in large barrels for 6 to 9 months. This lees-contact contributes richness to the wine. What is more, the oxygen which passes through the pores of the wood brings about a gentle oxidization of the wine, and the subsequent opening up of its aromas. The wine is then bottled and matured for 1 or 2 years before being offered for sale. This bottle-ageing also plays a role in the wine's development. Here, the opposite of oxidization happens: reactions in the oxygen-free environment bring about the development of the bouquet, and give it subtler nuances.

Tasting note:

 fine, clear, bright yellow colour
Fine, lasting legs which generously cover the glass.

A  delicat and floral nose, elegant yet complex, of rose petal and spices.

The wine is spicy  and full on the palate, yet has lasting freshness. No undue heaviness, and fine balance, with the acidity and the softness complementing each other admirably.
This wine stands on its own, a little too powerful as an aperitif perhaps, but will provide a pleasant surprise if allowed to round off the meal.
A delight to drink from now onwards, but it will certainly age well.

Scale  perception  of sweetness and acidity :

This scale is subjective, it depends on your perception of sugar and acidity. Each one sweetens its coffee differently, each one will have another perception of sweetness  and  acidity.The sugar perception is very  personnal.Our engagement by this scale is the result of the perception of  sucrosity by a tasting. These indications are given for one period  from three years. After this time, the perception of the sucrosity can evolve/move.
Position 5/10: Pinot Gris  with a little fatness, Pinot Auxerrois and  terroir Gewurztraminer from cold vintages after 3/4 years of evolution  in the bottle 

When & with what:

An aperitif wine, it stands on its own.
Otherwise, serve with ewe's milk cheese from the Pyrenees, or parmesan cheese from Italian ewes.


90 - 2007 Domaine Paul Blanck Gewurztraminer Altenbourg
Pale bright yellow. Tight aromas of citrus peel and ginger, with a hint of smoked meat. Subtle, minerally and fairly dry (under ten grams per liter r.s., according to Blanck), with lemon and spice flavors nicely framed by ripe acids. Very easy to drink, well-balanced and food-friendly. And nicely aromatic on the finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Issue 141: November/December 2008 - Alsace 2007 and 2006


Paul Blanck Alsace. 2014 Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling 95 Points, 2012 Furstentum Grand Cru Pinot Gris 94 Points, 2014 Furstentum Grand Cru Riesling 94 Points, 2014 Patergarten Pinot Gris 92 Points, 2012 Altenbourg Gewurztraminer 92 Points, 2015 Pinot Gris 91 Points, 2015 Rosenbourg Riesling 90 Points, 2016 Gewurztraminer 90 Points, 2016 Riesling 89 Points, 2012 Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling 93 Points, 2009 Furstentum Grand Cru Vieiiles Vignes Gewurztraminer 93 Points, 2011 Furstentum Grand Cru Riesling 93 Points, 2012 Sommerberg Grand Cru Riesling 92 Points, 2012 Wineck-Schlossberg Grand Cru Riesling 91 Points, 2013 Patergarten Pinot Gris 91 Points, 2015 Gewurztraminer 90 Points, 2014 Vieilles Vignes Auxerrois 90 Points, 2015 Pinot Blanc 87 Points, 2014 Pinot Gris 89 Points, 2014 Gewurztraminer 88 Points, 2014 Riesling 86 Points, 2008 Altenbourg Gewurztraminer 92 Points, 2001 Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling 92 Points, 2001 Grand Cru Furstentum Riesling 92 Points, 2001 Rosenbourg Riesling 88 Points, 2001 Grand Cru Sommerberg Riesling 89 Points, 2002 Patergarten Riesling 88 Points,2001 Pinot Blanc 90 Points
Paul Blanck 2012 Altenbourg Gewurztraminer note 92
Domaine Paul Blanck : Pinot blanc 2014, Auxerrois 2016, Riesling 2016, Riesling Rosenbourg 2015, Riesling Patergarten 2015,2009,1990 Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg 2014, Riesling Grand Cru Furstentum 2014, Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg 2012,1991, Muscat 2015,1990, Pinot Noir 2015, Pinot Noir « F » 2015, Pinot Gris Grand Cru Wineck-Shlossberg 2015,2005, Pinot Gris Grand Cru Furstentum 2012, Gewurztraminer Altenbourg 2012, Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Furstentum 2009,Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Mambourg 2011
Domaine Paul BLANCK et Fils Vignerons d'émotion
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