In order to understand well 2007, it is important to go back to the climatic chronology of this year. After a very mild winter with little frost, spring begins early with our peach trees in bloom from March 11th, followed by the cherry trees on April 2nd. Whole April is unsettling and characterized by temperatures over 20°C, sometimes even almost 30°C.
The vine reaches the stage of two or three leaves' unfurling on April 23rd and the treatments start on 27th April (treatments used in biological cultivation). On our estate, the blooming spans from May 20th to May 30th which means a new record of precocity. This confirms the sign of global warming with the risk of more climatic perturbations.
The violent thunderstorm with hail that, on June 20th, beat down on the lower part of Sigolsheim destroyed a quarter of our harvest which will lead to a shortage of wine on the traditional range. This thunderstorm destroyed totally 400 ha and partially 1200 ha in Alsace.
July and August were cold and rainy which annihilated a good proportion of the spring's advance. The vegetative cycle was three weeks longer, which means 125 days instead of the usual 100 days (this is the period between the blooming and the maturity of the grapes).
In September, there were two days of rain with 35 mm in Wettolsheim. Sunny days and fresh nights permitted a gentle maturing which is favourable to the development of the grapes' aromas while keeping a beautiful acidity.
In October, not a single rainy day, the climatic conditions of the post season allow the elaboration of great liquorous wines in "Vendanges Tardives" as well as in "Sélection de Grains Nobles".
Report of three months' harvest (September, October and November):
The grapes were gathered on twenty days within a period of seven weeks, as far as the classic vintages of the estate are concerned, followed by nine small days of sorting out for the "Vendanges Tardives" and the "Sélection de Grains Nobles".
The different wines:
The grapes for the traditional wines were very sane when harvested; the wines will be well balanced, but they will have less disposable volume compared to the preceding years.
A great year can be announced concerning some "Vendanges Tardives" and "Sélection de Grains Nobles" as well as one wine called « Riesling Epicentre », because the concentration of the grapes is grandiose.
Success for the three vintages and sorting out for the "Sélection de Grains Nobles" in Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
Some "Vendanges Tardives" in Gewurztraminer and in Pinot Gris. Ten years after the "Muscat Le Tri 1997", we repeat it with 2007.
The Pinot Gris is successful with very honeyed aromatic notes.
The Pinot Noir is great, bright and beautiful.
In its mineral style, the Gewurztraminer is a great classic.
The Pinot Gris has a full-bodied, but very fine style.
The Pinot Noir is more animal and the tannin is marked, wine with masculine dominance.
The Pinot Noir is unique by its location (perfect terroir for this vintage) and its fruity taste with notes of small red fruit is inimitable.
The Riesling affected by botrytis, citrus fruit aromas.
In short, we can say that the vintage of 2007 with an exceptional precocity until the end of June, will certainly be a great vintage with propensity for ageing because of the wines having minerality and freshness.
Remembering the loss of the harvest on June 20th due to the thunderstorm and the hail, we take some comfort in the perspective of a rich and well balanced great wine.
Domaine Albert Mann
January 24th, 2008