Domaine Schoffit, Bernard Schoffit

France, Alsace

 

2 Stars RVF 2012

 

Sustainable


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 extremely low yields, he is making simply extraordinary wine from each cépage 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, and from a less than one hectare parcel of Riesling on Sommerberg (granite), makes one of the most brilliant wines of that varietal in all of Alsace.  These yields, some 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 on the palate and perfect acidity to balance and carry this weight into a long and brilliant finish.

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Pinot Blanc Vieilles Vignes Sec Pinot Blanc Average 50 years Gravelly soil covered by loess Sustainable
Chasselas Vieilles Vignes Chasselas 70 years Gravelly soil covered by loess Sustainable
Pinot Gris "Tradition" Pinot Gris 35 years Gravelly soil covered by loess Sustainable
Gewürztraminer Harth Cuvée Caroline Gewürztraminer Average 50 years Gravelly soil covered by loess Sustainable
Riesling Harth "Tradition" Riesling Average 50 years Gravelly soil covered by loess Sustainable
Riesling Grand Cru Sommerberg Riesling Average 40 years Granite on steep slopes Sustainable
Riesling Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Riesling Average 40 years Volcanic rock on very steep slopes Sustainable