Paul Kubler is a thirteeth-generation winemaker – his antecedants began winemaking in 1620 – who is renowned for the exceptional purity of his wines. Currently in the process of converting his vineyard to organic cultivation, Kubler is particularly alert to respecting the vines and the traditional local grape varieties. He lets Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Gris and Noir speak for themselves on his 9 hectares of vineyard around Soultzmatt, featuring some parcels of Grand Cru Zinnkoepflé. His wines are split into three tiers, of an ever-increasing quality: the Vins de Fruits, or “fruit wines” which are made to express varietal character; the terroir-driven Vins de Pierre or “stone wines” and the Vins Liquoreux or “sweet wines” which include the Vendanges Tardives and Sélections de Grains Nobles.
About the cuvée
The letter K on the bottle shows that this cuvée belongs to the domain’s range of fruity wines. As the name suggests, this fruity, juicy wine showcases the purity and sincerity of the grape variety. Manual harvests are followed by fermentation in old oak barrels; the wines are then matured on fine lees in vats. The wine has a rich, deep profile, with notes typical of Gewurztraminer (exotic fruits, rose and sweet spices).
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General : The «bio» designation covers certified wines produced by biodynamic or organic methods, sustainably produced wines, and «environmentally friendly» wines that are not officially certified. These designations apply to recent vintages (the date of certification, if known, is specified in the estate description). See the blog article for more information on this designation.
Biodynamic : The «biodynamic» designation is used for all estates certified as using biodynamic methods, as verified by one of the two official bodies, Demeter or Biodyvin. All wines produced by biodynamic methods are also certified as organic. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Organic : The «organic» designation covers all estates certified as using organic methods, as verified by one of the bodies approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, such as Ecocert. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Sustainable : The «sustainable» designation covers all estates certified as using integrated or High Environmental Value (level 3 Environmental Certification) techniques. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Evironmentally friendly : The «environmentally friendly» designation refers to estates practising environmentally friendly wine-growing techniques, but that have not opted for certification or who are still in the process of converting to organic agriculture or biodynamics. These estates may have adopted biodynamic principles (non-certified) or simply no longer use chemical products. This designation applies to recent vintages.
Natural : Wines which are produced without any added sulfur (or almost any) and with no other inputs. However, given that there is no official body to issue the natural wine label, it is based on winemakers’ statements. This designation applies to recent vintages.