Clos Ribeaupierre de Ribeauvillé
Wine of the seigniorial land of Alsace
In 1789, a plan to set fire to the Seigniorial Residence situated to the west of the town, on the Schlossberg hill, germinated in certain minds exasperated by the sumptuous life lived by the Prince Palatine Maximilian of Zweibrucken, head of the earldom of Ribeaupierre.
A part of this property was acquired in 1965 by Jean- Louis SIPP, who, thanks to his skill and dynamism, has succeeded in extracting from this seigniorial land the best grapes, which made the reputation of the "Clos du Schlossberg", today known as "Clos Ribeaupierre". The latter had already been planted with vines for several centuries, as attested by two documents dating from 1532 and 1451.
The mention the steepslope of the hill situated behind the Petit Ribeaupierre Castle. Mathieu MERIAN also refers to it in XVIIth century topography of Alsace. Situated at an altitude of approximately 300m, with south-south-east exposure, these seignorial vineyards wre only planted with noble grape varieties, according to the 1610 harvest register, whixh was unusual at the time.
Jean Jacques SIPP has pulled up all the vine stocks in the Clos (walled vineyard), which was planted with GEWURZTRAMINER, MUSCAT, RISLING and PINOT GRIS stocks fifty years old and still harvested, pressed and vinified together. This was a particular local tradition, which has today been brocken in favour of PINOT GRIS, a favourite grape variety, which comes into its own on this granitic soil. The slope, which in certain places exceeds 40%, and the extraordinay exposure allow the grapes to ripen in optimum conditions.
For centuries, man has sculpted terraces, like gigantic steps in the mountainside. Terraces represent the ultimate in a natural environment shaped by man; throughout the world they have found a place in landscapes as diverse as the irrigated rice paddies of Indonesia or China, the sculpted mountains of Peru, Nepal or the Yemen….
But also the Fossés Cévenoles and the Restanques Provençales in the South of France, where they cover over 10 000 hectares.
Symbol of a perfect mastery of hydraulics and agronomy, this art of making the best of the slightest potential offered by a site has often been ignored in recent times.
The whole of the Clos Ribeaupierre, was terraced when it was planted in 1993. The soil has a definite potential, and JEAN SIPP is able to extract the quintessence of a grape which has attained the requisite level of overmaturity.
Pinot Gris Clos Ribeaupierre 2009
This great wine comes from a granite terroir terraced and terraced. Poor and stony, only the vine can find life and produce wonderful little over-mature grapes harvested by hand.
It is raised partly in new oak barrels, and in traditional casks on fine lees for 9 months. A pretty yellow dress with golden highlights. A nose with finesse, mineral, slightly smoky notes. A broad attack revealing a gourmand wine, fruity with woody melted.
15,5/20 - Le Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2016
Alcohol 14 % vol. - Sugar 45,6 g/L - Acidity 6,4 g/L