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 Jean-Marc Bernhard

Address: 21 Grand’Rue, 68230 Katzenthal
Tel: 03 89 27 05 34  Fax: 03 89 27 58 72
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 48:6:28N (48.10785)    Longitude: 7:16:53E (7.28149) 

Frédéric Bernhard, son of Jean-Marc, is one of Alsace’s young, up-and-coming winegrowers, who studied winemaking in France and then abroad (California, Switzerland, South Africa), and who is refreshingly unfettered by tradition. The domaine comprises 9.5ha of vines planted in six Grands Crus around the tiny village of Katzenthal, which is dominated by the beautiful limestone castle of Wineck-Schlossberg. Take your time for a tasting, as there are not only all the seven Alsace grape varieties available, but many different cuvées from countless different parcels. His Riesling and Pinot Blanc are both properly dry – increasingly rare nowadays (see notes on ‘Wine Styles’). The Pinot Noir Tradition is a classic, light Alsace red while the Hinterburg has had a year and half in barriques (some of it new wood). Muscat is a must here, made from 80% Muscat Ottonel and 20% Muscat d’Alsace.

Useful information: Open Monday – Saturday 09.00-12.00 and 13.30-18.00. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Jean-Bernhard’s wife Anne-Caroline speaks excellent English.


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