The 2007 vintage in Alsace was superb, producing beautiful, elegant wines with great acidity, focus and intensity – but it wasn’t an easy one for the growers.
Spring was warm and flowering came early. By May the vines were nearly a month ahead of schedule, reminiscent of 2003. The weather turned throughout June and July, as rain kept the vineyards humid and in constant need of attention to prevent the spread of disease. Temperatures flip-flopped between warm and cool, slowing down the ripening process and pushing projected harvest dates back to September.
In late August the weather improved. Warm, sunny days brought life to the vines and ripening began in earnest. The good conditions continued through September and when the call to harvest finally came the extra hang time proved crucial. Flavors were fully developed, supported by beautiful acidity, making for a lovely crop of wines.