From the Rangen Grand Cru vineyards, located in Thann Le Vieux; the southernmost Grand Cru vineyard in Alsace. This Grand Cru owes its name to the terrain's extreme height variation - Rangen means 'slope' in old German. The steep hillside slopes reach 85% in some places, requiring that the harvest be done by abseiling or roping down.
Archives attest that the "Rangenwein", "the warmest and most violent wine in the country", was made here by monks from the ends of the 13th century. The vineyard totals 9 hectares, of which Wolfberger has 4. The upper part is planted with Riesling, the lower part with Pinot Gris.
Rich and delicate in the nose offering aromas of honey, ripe fruits and sweet spices, gingerbread. Long and ripe fruit flavors with apricot hints. Perfect for aging, the wine will reveal even more qualities after several years of cellaring.
Duck honey and balsamic vinegar, foie gras, cheese like vacherin, comte 18 months, pork aigre douce (sweet and sour), dessert with apricot.
"Smoky hints of both ripe and dried pear have a honeyed edge. The palate comes in with that same honeyed sweetness on a rather concentrated powerful palate. Both lemon notes and lovely phenolic grip give structure. The finish is medium sweet and long. - ANNE KREBIEHL MW."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (December 1st 2018), 93 pts
"Wolfberger farms close to 10 acres in Rangen de Thann, where the warm, volcanic soils helped ripen, this pinot gris to its deep golden color and tropical fruit flavors of pineapple and mango. Its botrytis complexity provides richness, while a firm line of minerality keeps the wine cool and focused, with the stamina to age."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (December 2016), 91 pts
"Earth and undergrowth flavors are woven through the rich pear tones which begin to shine with great, slightly sweet ripeness when exposed to a little air. The phenolic texture provides a counterpoint, supported by lemony freshness. Lovely balance. - Roger Voss"
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (April 2016), 90 pts
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Wolfberger is a union of producers located in Eguisheim, south of Colmar in Alsace. The city was also the home of Pope Leo IX, the Reformer (Pope from 1048 – ...