Armand Hurst is one of the most respected artisanal winemakers in Turckheim. The family-owned and run estate was founded in 1928 by Jean-Baptiste Hurst. Little by little with strategic planning, the family acquired more and more land. Today they own 9.54 hectares of vineyards spread throughout most of the lieu-dit, which have given this terroir its reputation: Eichberg, Kirchberg, Schlatten, Kirchtal, Erstein, Schneid, Steinglitz, Schneckelsbourg, without forgetting the stunning historic Grand Cru Brand (of which Hurst is one of the largest landowners). The family produces their classic Alsatian wines with a love of the land, of nature, and of the winemaking traditions passed down from father to son over the generations.
Winemaker: Armand Hurst
Gewurztraminer Turckheim 2012: Engaging color, good extraction, with fresh aromas. Balanced, easy-going, and agreeable profile on the palate, with characteristic freshness and minerality. Excellent food-pairing wine.
Pinot Gris Turckheim 2012: 100% Pinot Gris from the slopes of Turckheim. The wine is classically made: de-stemmed, then pressed juice is clod-settled before a long, slow, cool-temperature fermentation. The ripe concentration of apricot and peach, coupled with the weight of a small percentage of grand cru Brand juice, fleshes out this beauty with a long, lingering finish.
Pinot Noir vieilles vignes 2006: 100% Pinot Noir. Granite soils. The vines have an average age of 50 years, and the grapes are all hand-selected. The wine goes through a cold soak prior to fermentation. Sugar fermentation occurs in stainless steel while malolactic fermentation occurs in small oak barrels. 90% of the barrels are one or more years old, 10% are new oak barrels. Prior to bottling the wines are barrel-aged for 6 months.
Riesling Turckheim 2013: 100% Riesling. 57 year-old vines in alluvial soil. Grapes are hand-selected, and the wine is fermented dry.
Grand Cru Vendanges Tardives Riesling 2009: The fruit is sourced from the stunning Grand Cru vineyard Brand. The ancient vineyard has fine granite soils, with little capacity to retain water. Good exposure to sunlight and good elevation result in a long ripening period. The grapes are hand-selected, and the wine has 48 grams per liter residual sugar.
Domaine Armand Hurst wines we feature:
- Gewurztraminer Turckheim 2012
- Pinot Gris Turckheim 2012
- Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes 2006
- Riesling Turckheim 2013
- Vendanges Tardives Riesling Grand Cru 2009