Domaine Henry Fuchs

France, Alsace



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Four of the greatest terroirs of Alsace for Riesling are Schlossberg, Sommerberg, Rangen and the Grand Crus adjoining Ribeauvillé; Kirchberg and Geisberg. With Albert Mann and Schoffit, the first three of these are covered. Paul Fuchs, having taken over from his father Henry, has great Riesling sites in Ribeauvillé; not only the famous Kirchberg, but also a little-known parcel named Hagel located up above Kirchberg which, though not Grand Cru, is certainly making wine on that level. (Hagel is the German word for hail, an indication of how risky this site is.) The Hagel vineyard has granite soils, one of the greatest terroirs for Riesling expression. Paul also makes an excellent classic Riesling from terroirs at the base of the village and above - the combination provides for a beautifully balanced, excellent value Riesling. And one must taste his old vines Sylvaner to believe it - exceptional length and class for this variety. Acknowledged in Revue du Vin de France Guide Verte and certified "Bio" (organic) by Ecocert since 2008, Paul only uses indigenous yeasts in all his wine-making.


Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Sylvaner Sylvaner 60 years Deep clayey soil Certified Organic
Pinot Blanc Auxerrois Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 45-50 years Deep stony-clayey soil Certified Organic
Pinot Gris Pinot Gris Average 35 years Silty-clayey soil Certified Organic
Riesling Riesling Average 45 years Clayey-silty soil Certified Organic
Riesling Hagel Riesling 12 years Granite Certified Organic
Riesling Kirchberg de Ribeauville Riesling 45-50 years Marly-chalky soil with some sandstone Certified Organic