Bernard Schoffit is a brilliant pioneer in Alsace’s greatest Grand Cru, Rangen de Thann. The domaine, started by Bernard’s father Robert at 10 hectares, is situated near Colmar. 25 years ago, Bernard, then still very young, embarked on an ambitious program of buying land in Rangen, around the Clos St. Theobold. Totaling nearly 6.5 hectares, a good part of it had been abandoned because it was too steep to work. Through sheer determination and ambition, he has now reclaimed all 6.5 hectares. From these incredibly steep slopes, with incredibly low yields, he is making simply extraordinary wine from each plot he grows. Bernard’s gift for wine-making is not reserved only for his Rangen wines. In his vineyards near Colmar he practices the same rigorous approach to yields. These yields, very old vines, and Bernard’s guiding hand produce wines that are all marked by the following characteristics: intensity, very pure varietal character, great concentration of fruit and richness on the palate, and perfect acidity to balance and carry this weight into a long and brilliant finish. Organic.
What The Critics Say
Ian D'Agata, Vinous,
"Golden straw. Smoky botrytis tones complicate ripe apple, pear nectar and underbrush on the nose; but is there also a bit of gray rot peeking through? Deep and smoky in the mouth, with lively acidity providing clarity and cut. The tannic, chewy finish shows lingering echoes of smoky botrytis and noteworthy sweetness (47g/l residual sugar) and alcoholic power (14.2%). Terroir lovers should note that Schoffit's Pinot Gris vines are planted on the Rangen’s poorest soils, with the objective of stressing the vines a little in order to make wines of greater depth and complexity."
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