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
93/100 Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW
"Earth, orange pith and pear peel make for a nose that suggests both fruit and texture. The palate of this wine confirms this, presenting a phenolic frame that harnesses the wine's energy and power. There is drive here, with zestiness and a core of juicy, ripe peach. The finish is medium sweet and lasting with pure lemon."
97/100 Parker's wine Advocate, Ian D'Agata (2015 vintage)
"Schoffit's citrus colored 2015 Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Rangen Clos Saint-Théobald opens with a noble perfume: bright, fragrant, complex and finessed, with a fascinating mix of floral, herbal, stony and fruity aromas that are all perfectly interwoven—nothing sticking out. This is sublime harmony and fine complexity! Full-bodied, round and piquant, with great elegance, finesse and vitality, this is a concentrated andwell-structured, yet beautifully balanced and persistent Rangen Gewurztraminer. It is full of tension and finishes with the greatest finesse and ethereal elegance I have probably ever experienced with this gorgeous grape variety. This 2015 Rangen might be the perfection of Gewurztraminer, and if not, it is at least a legendary wine that is sweet (59 grams per liter), but thanks to its vivacious acidity and perfect ripeness, in ambrosial balance. Or, with less adjectives and attributes: Buy as much of it as you can get! At $49, you can't hardly get a better wine anywhere on planet wine! If you knew where the grapes for this wine are cultivated and how much time it takes to tend the vines and harvest the grapes (not to mention the unique terroir itself or Zind-Humbrecht's twin from the Clos Saint-Urbain), you would know this wine should cost triple the price!
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