- 100% Pinot Gris
When Michel Muré settles in Rouffach and plants his vineyard in the 17th century, he surely has little conception of the beautiful adventure that he is setting in motion for his descendants…
In 1935, Alfred Muré extends the property with the addition of the 12-hectare (25-acre) wholly owned Clos St Landelin, foreseeing already its potential for exceptional quality. He replants the terraces, ideally situated with their sunny exposure and shelter from the rain.
Nowadays it is Alfred’s grandson René, together with his children Véronique and Thomas, the 11th and 12th generations of the family, who are responsible for running this exceptional, wholly-owned vineyard and its neighbouring terroirs, using biodynamic methods.
Estate is totaly cultivated in organic vinegrowing.
The Clos St Landelin
In the 7th century this vineyard belonged to the Bishopric of Strasbourg. A bishop in the 8th century donated it to the Saint Landelin Abbey. According to the deeds of the time these vines were «chosen from among the best in Alsace». The Muré family bought this vineyard in 1935. The vineyard covers 29.5 acres and is situated at the southern end of the Grand Cru Vorbourg. Its steep south facing slopes are cultivated in terraces. The soil is clay and limestone with a lot of stones. The subsoil is made of calcareous sandstone from the Bajocien and calcareous conglomerates from the Oligocene.The plantations are made according to the soil and the sun-exposure: riesling at the bottom of the hillside, gewurztraminer and muscat at the middle, pinot gris on the south-west, pinot noir on the plateau and sylvaner on the south-east.
The wines are deep and elegant, with marked fruit aromas. They are long-keeping wines, which can age to a long time. Due to the advantageous situation, the grapes have early maturity, and the Clos St Landelin produces regularly “Vendanges Tardives” and “Sélections de Grains Nobles” of high quality.
Gewurztraminer and Pinot-noir grapes from the Clos St Landelin are also used to elaborate Eaux-de-Vie de Marcs.
"Rounded notes of Bosc pear flesh and peel play softly on nose and palate. There is a very pleasant, slightly bitter phenolic edge, reminiscent of marzipan and a slight sweetness. Together they make for an intriguing and moreish contrast against a fluid, textured palate. The finish is off dry and has that marzipan edge." - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW, April 2016, 2013 vintage
"Heady notes of ripe pear and chalky stone entice on the nose. The dry, focused palate adds aromatic spice, some white pepper too, and glides along a faultline of pure, fresh acidity. Beautifully integrated, the elements of pear and citrus zest complement each other for grown-up, sustained fun." - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW, April 2016, 2014 vintage
The 2009 Pinot Gris Vorbourg Clos St.-Landelin – harvested September 10-11 – is scented and lusciously brimming with surprisingly fresh apple, Persian melon, and peach supported by subtle sweetness that was no doubt essential to warding-off any weightiness or warmth from alcohol. This is succulent and mouthwatering in a
manner one doesn’t often encounter from its grape and vintage, though its glycerin-rich oily texture is certainly familiar from other 2009s. Citrus rind, fruit pit, and peat
offer piquant and pungent counterpoint in the finish. I suppose you could fault this for not displaying a lot of varietal typicity, but perhaps that’s not such a bad thing in the context of its vintage! Veronique Mure believes this isn’t showing at its best since recent bottling, and if that impression is correct, then all the more reason to acquire
and audition some for yourself over the next dozen or so years. 90+/100. - Robert Parker, May 2011