The Vines

Our vineyard is made up of some 80 plots, all very different in terms of surface area, soil, subsoil, slope and exposure. The plots are scattered over four villages - Nothalten, Epfig, Itterswiller and Eichhoffen – all within a radius of a few kilometres.

The majority of our plots are planted with noble varieties, i.e. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot noir. The wealth and diversity of our plots allows a number of different varieties to flourish, a quality expressed to the full in our wines.

We work our vines sustainably, our philosophy founded on respecting the soil and human values.

Naturally, we have our own strict specifications, bringing together three key themes:

  • Sustainable, environmentally responsible winegrowing
  • Human & environmental values
  • Wines of consistent quality, produced by the most natural means possible, letting nature take its course.

Yields are managed to allow the terroirs to express themselves at their best, aided by the use of naturally present native yeasts, ensuring that our wines ferment according to the finest traditions.

Working the vines

We protect our vines only when strictly necessary, and always with careful concern for the environment and the surroundings.

Our plots are grassed from the moment the young vines are planted; the grass growing between the rows is then rolled flat over the summer, using a tractor-drawn knife-roller.

The advantage of this eco-friendly and low-cost technique (because the roller follows the lie of the land and requires no energy) is that it provides insulating ground cover for the soil, helping to retain a degree of moisture and coolness during the very hot summers common in this region. This ensures the retention of the small quantity of water needed for the young vines to develop.

Our Terroirs

Our wines are grown on choice terroirs, where geology, climate and exposure come together in an outstanding harmony.

"All are born of that alchemy that brings together air, earth, the vine and the winegrower's art."

1. Grand Cru Muenchberg
2. Lieu-dit Zellberg
3. Grand Cru Moenchberg

4. Fronholz
5. Geissenberg
6. Heissenberg
7. Heissenstein

We are fortunate in cultivating two 2 terroirs located in two Grands Crus that bask in the sun in a magnificent setting:

VOLCANIC SANDSTONE TERROIR

Le Muenchberg

(Montagne des Moines)

This renowned Grand Cru in Nothalten is protected from westerly rain and winds by the Ungersberg (a 901-metre outcrop of Vosges sandstone). The terroir follows crescent-shaped curves to better hold and retain the soil. Straddling a south-facing valley, its 17.70 hectares rejoice in a unique microclimate.

The soil and subsoil are made up of 250 million year-old sediments. The plot enjoys all-day sunshine; the concentration of sugar in the grapes produces a wine that is full bodied, very fruity and rich.

Here, the Riesling is the variety of choice.

The terroir here is volcanic sandstone with veins of quartz. The wines from this great terroir offer a hint of preserved citrus fruit, with a fine, delicate acidity ready to evolve over time to express minerality and saltiness.

MARL-LIMESTONE-SANDSTONE TERROIR

Le Moenchberg

This Grand Cru grown on the heights above Eichhoffen produces wines for laying down, ideal for matching with fine cuisine, with lavish, flavoursome, spicy and exotic notes. Its gentle slopes are home to a generous terroir that produces fleshy, complex wines of great and elegant nobility.

The terroir is made up of marl, limestone, sandstone and colluvial deposits, facing south and southeast at an altitude of between 230 and 260 metres.

The estate devotes all its efforts to understanding and bringing out the best of each terroir, managing each vine and inspecting every bunch of grapes that goes into the making of the Grands Vins d'Alsace that bear our label.

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