The Clos-Saint-Urbain is located all around the little Chapel Saint-Urbain, godfather of the winegrowers in France. This part of the Rangen was the one that my father preferred when he started to buy vineyard in this Grand Cru. Only the Clos is directly above the river Thur which brings a particular micro-climate. The soil is made of compressed old volcanic ash (grauwackes) that have the capacity to release impressive levels of minerals in the soil and eventually in the wines. The Rangen wines always have the highest level of ash content! In 2021, the Rangen was a privileged vineyard as it suffered less from the climatic problems of the vintage, especially spring frost. The grapes were in perfect conditions and the wine fermented fully dry.

93 Points
Wine Spectator
2021 vintage
95 Points
2021 vintage
Harvest Note
2021 was a challenging vintage which resulted in small volumes of extraordinary wines. The frost of April 6th significantly reduced the final harvest volumes. June & July saw heavy rains leading to rapid growth but unfortunately mildew also. August and September were sunny and dry, with harvest from September 15th to October 2nd. The small crop fermented quickly, alcohols were below usual levels, and all wines fermented completely dry.
Tasting Note
Intense bright yellow color. The nose is still tight, showing the typical gunflint, peat and smoky character of that volcanic hillside. It is difficult to guess on nose the intensity and power of this wine which is eventually revealed on the palate. The power is not alcohol-driven, it is the vineyard itself that make this wine taste so intensely. The mouth shows a strong character and originality. It has a beautiful velvety mouthfeel supported by a lively bright acidity. It does last a long time on the finish, revealing the saltiness of the minerals of the volcanic geology, increasing the density of the wine, but with such an elegant and bright structure. There is so much freshness in this wine and it will age extremely well!
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Gris
PH: 3.3
ACIDITY: 4.6 g/l
ABV: 13.60%
AGING: 12 months in large foudres
Unique Selling Points
  • Certified Organic and Biodynamic
  • 100 points James Suckling 3.29.23
  • Unbroken winemaking lineage in Alsace since 1620

About the Grape

Pinot Grigio
This grape makes fresh, crisp, charming wines with apple, pear, almond and acacia flower aromas and clean, stone fruit flavors, or creamy, honeyed wines with spice, blossom and mineral aromas.
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