This wine is made from the younger vines of Riesling planted in the Grand Cru Rangen in Thann. When my father purchased the Clos Saint Urbain in 1977, only 3.5ha were planted. Some of the Riesling grapes were then planted gradually between 1978 and 1986. These aren’t ‘young’ vines, but in some vintages, especially in hot and dry years, they have a different behavior than the older vines planted in the early 60s. The volcanic influence is still clearly present, but it takes many years for the vines to fully penetrate the rock and reach the maximum potential. The fermentation was fast and the wine finished dry.