The benefits of selective and manual sorting – Pinot Gris Coteaux de Wormeldange 2017

At the dawn of spring, lovers of wines from the Luxembourg Moselle are already eagerly awaiting the first bottles of the 2018 vintage, which is exceptional due to the climatic conditions that generated it, the glycerine and alcohol levels that are a direct consequence, as well as the extremely concentrated and fruity flavours.

But patience is required, and the evolution of 2018 will have to be expected in bottle, as is the case for all vintages. And it is not written that 2018 will be a general success. Patience, then!

Great successes in the 2017 vintage

Above all: let’s not forget the previous vintages which have the advantage of a longer evolution. And let’s look at the 2017 vintage, which for winegrowers was anything but easy – but which has no shortage of successes.

The weather was not really favourable for the vines: a humid and not very sunny summer, and especially an off-season that compromised the healthy maturity of one or the other grape variety… Thus, at certain periods, the humid weather and too hot nights favoured the development of rot on the berries. Pinot Gris, a fairly early variety, is very sensitive to this rot, unlike Riesling, for example, whose skins are denser.

Drastic sorting

Under these conditions, drastic sorting is required, and it was not recommended to harvest too late. The sorting of the grapes generally makes it possible to keep only the good seeds, not affected by the so-called “pourriture grise”. Harvesting teams must eliminate unwanted berries that may not only alter the taste of the wine but also compromise its evolution in the bottle.

The consequences of poor sorting can be serious. Grey rot spreads in the grape must and causes oxidation. While acid rot is a bacterial contamination that generates high and perceptible volatile acidity.

Pinot Gris Coteaux de Wormeldange 2017 of Domaine Häremillen

The 2017 vintage therefore required a particular application. It is also necessary to know how to sort properly, and one of the main tasks of a vintner is to closely monitor the quality of the sorting of his pickers.

Domaine Häremillen of Ehnen applies very strict picking and sorting procedures for each of these wines, and in all vintages.

The Pinot Gris Coteaux de Wormeldange 2017, like all the 2017 Pinot Gris’ on the estate, perfectly illustrates the benefits of selective manual sorting. There is no mushroom flavour in this wine, which is pure and distinctly fruity. It comes from different terroirs in the Wormeldange and Ahn region, and is therefore labelled Coteaux de Wormeldange, and it was classified a Grand Premier Cru. With 9 grams of residual sugar and 7 grams of acidity (per litre), this Pinot Gris is well balanced.

The Pinot Gris Coteaux de Wormeldange from Domaine Häremillen is a Cactus exclusive in every vintage.

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