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
91/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"Dark straw-yellow. Explosive aromas and flavors of smoky bacon, flowers and ripe tropical fruit on the long, crystalline finish. Very obviously Gewürz; this is a knockout wine and all the more impressive given that 2014 was especially tough on this variety. Finishes with a peppery zing and a twist of lime. Schoffit’s youngest Gewürz vines are 30 years old, so the average age of their Gewürz vines is 45, and that fact certainly contributes to this wine’s depth. It enters quite sweet (30 g/L residual sugar) but the 6.8 g/L total acidity gives it a lemony brightness, making it seem light, lively and less sweet than it is." Drink 2017 - 2025
Parker's Wine Advocate, Stephan Reinhardt
"Schoffit's straw-yellow colored 2014 Gewurztraminer Lieu-Dit Harth Cuvée Caroline displays a ripe and spicy tropical fruit aroma intermixed with herbal, mineral and smoky aromas, even speck. It is stunningly clear, fresh and precise for this vintage that was terribly influenced by drosophila. Full-bodied, piquant and elegant on the palate, with a clear and aromatic expression of mango and other tropical fruits, the wine is structured by a vivacious acidity, as well as a good mineral and tannin grip. This is a round, lush and piquant Gewurztraminer that should be perfect with food, especially spicy dishes. The wine has been bottled with moderate 12.8% alcohol and 30 grams of residual sugar. The total acidity of 6.8 grams per liter is, however, spectacular for this refreshing and stimulating Gewurztraminer! ... Located in the plain east of Colmar (in the kingdom of the local vegetable growers), Domaine Schoffit has produced only wine since 1973, whereas their former business was mixed agriculture with fruits and vegetables, too. The family tree, however, dates back to 1599 and proves that Schoffit has always been connected to vines. Today, the estate is managed by Bernard Schoffit and his son Alexandre. They farm 17 hectares of vineyards, of which 5.5 hectares are located in Grand Crus sites. The most important one is the volcanic Rangen in Thann, one of Alsace’s most famous and surely most southern single-vineyard site. Although far away from the Domaine, in 1986 Bernard couldn’t resist acquiring some hectares in the Clos Saint-Théobald in the steep and south-facing center of the cru. Since then, the Schoffits spend four days per week in the Rangen: "The first thing you need to produce great wine is a great vineyard and perfectly cultivated soils and vines," says Bernard, who farms ten hectares of vines on the alluvial soils in the sunny plain, a small plot in the steep granite Grand Cru Sommerberg and old vines in Bergheim. In fact, the Schoffit family—including Bernard's father Robert, a cousin and an employee, spends six days a week in the vineyards—is highly respected even in Rangen for their efforts. But, as a consequence, there is nobody left to do any marketing or sales. At least Alexandre, who studied International Marketing and Strategies in Paris, passed his Masters in International Finance in California, but returned to wine in 2011; he managed to create a homepage so that the Domaine is at least visible virtually. Exporting 50% isn't that bad, but Bernard is proud to point out, "We have never forgotten our local consumers." As a consequence, the prices pf Schoffit wines are still reasonable. Schoffit wines are unique in style, and great in quality and terroir expression." Drink 2017 - 2025
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