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, Ian D'Agata
"Pale golden-tinged straw. Fresh pomaceous fruit and tangerine on the nose and in the mouth; remarkably more fruity than usual (wines made from Chasselas grapes often have prominent herbal notes). Brighter and fresher than the 2015, delivering a lemony bite (5.8 g/L total acidity) on the fresh, juicy, enticing finish. The vines were planted between 1939 and 1950 and are most likely Alsace’s oldest Chasselas vines in production today (Schoffit’s Chasselas wine is rightly famous; certainly nobody owns as large a plot of old Chasselas vines in Alsace). Easygoing and fun to drink but with sneaky complexity. About 8,000 bottles made in 2016." Drink 2018 - 2022
90/100 Wine Enthusiast
"A touch of earthiness and lemon pith play on the quiet nose. The palate is fresh in feel, with an intriguing touch of herbal bitterness. Concentrated and intense, this remains taut nonetheless."
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