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 Wine Enthusiast, Anne Krebiehl MW (2017 vintage)
"Aromatic notes of pear immediately set the tone on the nose of this wine that's all about clarity and freshness. The concentrated palate packs some brightness to counter the rich and powerful pear flavors while some pith adds a textural element. The wine has power, drive and a dry finish. ANNE KREBIEHL MW"
90/100 Vinous, Ian D'Agata (2016 vintage)
"Luminous greenish-yellow with golden highlights. Citrus fruits, spices and white flowers are complicated by tropical fruit nuances. Juicy and ripe but very dry-tasting (the 11 g/l r.s. buffered by 4.7 g/L total acidity), with riper pineapple and banana flavors nicely juxtaposed with cooler powdered rock elements. Finishes broad but slightly phenolic and almost tart. Made with a higher-quality biotype of Pinot Gris, characterized by small grapes, that grows in the area around Colmar."
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