France: Alsace

North of Colmar

The wines of the Haut-Rhin from Niedermorschwihr to Rohrschwihr
By Sue Style

This Guide was last updated on 14 March 2011
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Domaine Bott-Geyl

Address: 1 Rue du Petit Château, 68980 Beblenheim
Tel: 03 89 47 90 04  Fax: 03 89 47 97 33
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 48:9:23N (48.15635)    Longitude: 7:19:44E (7.32898) 

Jean-Christophe Bott and his wife Valérie are notable additions to Alsace’s growing cohort of organic growers, and conversion to biodynamics got underway in 2002. The Bott-Geyl holding is of 13ha of vineyards dotted around seven different villages from Ribeauvillé to Kientzheim – a look at the map shows how much of a logistical challenge this presents at harvest time. In the Sonnenglanz Grand Cru vineyard they grow superb Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, while the poetically named Grands Crus Mandelberg (‘almond hill’, because the superb microclimate allows almond trees to flower and ripen here in amongst the vines), Schoenenbourg and Furstentum are reserved for pure, concentrated Rieslings. If you’re on your wine travels with a group of friends, consider making your base in the Botts’ delightful gîte in the courtyard of the domaine. That way you can taste Jean-Christophe’s wines in depth without ever needing to spit (or take the wheel).

Useful information: The tasting caveau is open by appointment every day except Sundays and public holidays from 09.00-11.30 and 14.00-18.00. English spoken.


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