Since taking over the family domaine in 2000, Agathe has garnered a reputation as one of Alsace’s “comets in the sky”. Quantities from the 5ha estate are small and demand is high making the wines sell out fast. The vines are located around the village of Westhalten in the south of the Alsace region. Around one third of Agathe’s vines are in the Grand Cru of Zinnkoepflé - reaching up to be Alsace’s highest peak at 420m, with south/south-eastern exposures and wonderfully sheltered - with the remainder in what is known as the Noble Valley. Agathe works this terroir by hand and by heart, organic principals and herbal & biodynamic preparations all contributing to the health and vigour of the vines. This land is tied to Agathe’s experiences from early childhood tasting with her grandmother and grandfather. Production for the 5ha estate, although limited in number of bottles, covers all the noble varieties and styles of the regions and wonderfully exhibits the profound textural weight and verve of the region.
Agathe Bursin Zinnkeopfle Grand Cru Pinot Gris Selection de Grains Nobles 2015
Sélection des Grains Nobles (SGN) is a particular classification for Alsace wines signifying wines made from grapes affected by noble rot.
Sélection des Grains Nobles (SGN) wines are rarer, due to a bunch by bunch harvest, with minimum sugar levels stipulated at 256 grams per litre for Riesling and 279 grams per litre for Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris. Sélection des Grains Nobles is a further step up from Vendange Tardive, where the grapes have reached even higher sugar levels. The harvest may contain a proportion of grapes affected by botrytis, or noble rot.