2014 was a fine year in Alsace. It began with a warm, dry spring that provided optimal conditions for bud break and flowering. The sunny, dry weather continued through the end of July, but temperatures dipped in August and scattered rains brought the risk of botrytis. September arrived along with warm, sunny days and cool nights, allowing for a slow, steady ripening process, which also kept acidity levels crisp and alcohol on the low side. The wines show it in their classical style and fresh detail. Riesling is particularly promising.
The harvest, which began on September 16th, was cut short because of the painstaking selection process required to sort out grapes affected by rot and an influx of “vinegar flies” that damaged 10-20% of the fruit. Both in the vineyards and at the sorting tables growers often had to select berry by berry to avoid the damaged grapes.