The Late Harvest and Noble Grape Selections come from grapes harvested when over-ripe and affected by noble rot, which is called Botrytis cinerea. Present on the berries, the latter initiates a phenomenon of evaporation inside the grape and thus promotes the concentration of sugar and aromas, bringing softness and power to these wines.
On the gigantic canvas represented by the vineyards of Alsace, among our terroirs as varied as a painter's palette of colours, among our noblest grape varieties, he is a Friend. Time, with patience and concentration; Time with cool, damp mornings and sun-drenched afternoons; our Friend Time allows deep and complex vintages to be born on our land. Considering the colour of the wine in our glasses, these vintages are comparable to nuggets that our passionate winemakers let erode in the sun up to two or three months after the first harvest for the greatest pleasure of the senses.
You won't find Vendanges Tardives everywhere! They are mainly produced in Alsace but are also authorized under the AOC Gaillac and the AOC Jurançon.
The Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée "Vendange Tardive" is subject to very strict rules laid down by the INAO (Institut National de l'Origine et de la Qualité). Only the noble grape varieties, such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer can be claimed. Harvesting must be done exclusively by hand. A minimum content of sugars naturally present in the grapes must be respected, an analytical and organoleptic examination is mandatory. Other rules must be applied and are referenced in the PDO specifications.