Localization: Alsace, France
Tasting Notes: A deep, rich herby nose displays sweet, lime-edged fruit. There's some smoky depth, and hints of honey. The palate is concentrated and full, with the medium sweet fruit framed by good acidity and a minerality..
Notes: Schoenenbourg is among the most celebrated of Alsace's Grands Crus vineyards, with descriptions of its wines dating back to the 16th century. Known as producing “the most noble wine of this country”, even the philosopher Voltaire owned several vineyards in the Grand Cru.
Food Pairing: Fish with crushed tomato, Comté, refined Chèvre cheeses
The Domain: Alsace wine region has a unique combination of great soils types that forms a real 'kaleidoscope" of geologies. Pink sandstone, blue schist, limestone, granite, gypsum and volcanic rocks are amongst the most interesting soil. We can find all of them on grand cru vineyards. We believe that Riesling is maybe the best variety to translate those characters into wines.
In 2011, Olivier Biecher and I have launched the winery exclusively dedicated to Alsace Grands Crus wines. From Andlau to Thann, we found numbers of interesting vineyards that all have strong individual character.
Today Sophie and I are trying our best to get the full potention of the vineyards into the wine style we love !
At the foot hills of the Vosges mountains, just below the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, we have established our wine cellar in the village of Saint-Hippolyte.
All picked by hand, the grapes are carefully sorted and gently goes to the pneumatic press. A long pressing of a minimum of 12 hours is necessary to extract the best juice possible without pushing to far.
After decantation at low temperature, the juice starts a long alcoholic fermentation (wild yeast) that can take up to 4 months.
No sulfure is added before the next spring and this to let the wine to open up as much as possible. The result is a wine with less sensitivity to oxydation and much more aromatic.