Rolly Gassmann Terroir de Chateaux Forts
Rolly Gassmann Terroir de Chateaux Forts has a great nose of ripe pear, melons, peaches, grapes & lychee.
The silky-rich palate of Rolly Gassmann Terroir de Chateaux Forts shows a complex mix of ripe aromatic grapey flavours with roses and more lychees with the gentle balancing acidity typical of Rolly Gassmann’s wines.
There is a long aromatic finish with a hint of ginger.
The vignerons of domaines Rolly and Gassmann have been diligently tending the vines of Rorschwihr and Rodern since the seventeenth century; the Rolly family since 1676 and the Gassmann family since 1611.
With the marriage of Marie-Thérèse Rolly and Louis Gassmann in 1967 the two estates were united and today the 45ha are run by their second son, Pierre, a quietly self-assured man with an evidently boundless passion for his profession.
Pierre´s greater influence at the domaine has brought about a few changes: nothing terribly dramatic, no technological revolutions, simply a more profound approach to the work in the vineyards. What is his guiding principal? Balance.
This is something of a Holy Grail for Pierre, who aims to find the perfect harmony between the leaf surface area and the number of bunches, between the biological activity of the soil and the growth of the vines.
In a well-balanced vineyard, one square metre of soil should be home to 12 to 15 different plants. To this end he has embraced whole-heartedly biodynamics, although with a more reasoned, pragmatic approach.
He espouses the use of the different biodynamic preparations and concoctions, adapting his choice of treatments to the specific conditions of the vintage.
The domaine is not however biodynamic, for two reasons. Firstly, they are technically excluded from certification as weedkillers are used to clear 20cm underneath the vines in the those vineyards with a high proportion of Liassic marl (a heavy form of clay).
To achieve the same effect manually would involve employing an extra four workers – a luxury which the Gassmanns cannot afford.
The second reason is that he is not looking for a symbol to adorn his bottles. He is biodynamic by conviction but does not believe that this should be a selling point. thewinesociety.com
Rolly Gassmann Terroir de Chateaux Forts – Hay Wines
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