France: Alsace

South of Colmar

The wines of the Haut-Rhin from Turckheim to Guebwiller
By Sue Style

This Guide was last updated on 14 March 2011
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The entrance to Domaine Josmeyer ©Peter Harvey

Domaine Josmeyer

Address: 76 Rue Clémenceau, 68920 Wintzenheim
Tel: 03 89 27 91 90  Fax: 03 89 27 91 99
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 48:4:27N (48.07409)    Longitude: 7:17:9E (7.28588) 

The domaine’s 25ha of vines, biodynamic since 2000 with full accreditation since 2004, are dotted around the village of Wintzenheim just west of Colmar. Jean Meyer, a bit of a poet and a member of the Slow Food movement, was one of the first Alsace growers to commission a different artist every two years to design his labels. Since 2007 Meyer has taken a back seat and the family team, including daughter Céline and ex-son-in-law Christophe Erhardt, have taken over. Josmeyer wines are delicate, fine, understated – ‘crystalline’ is a word frequently used – and designed above all to go with food. Some Pinot Blanc (40% Pinot Blanc, 60% Auxerrois) is bottled early under the label 'Mise du Printemps', described by Céline as “a simple pleasure - we don’t look for complication – complexity yes!”) while the Pinot Blanc Les Lutins (100% Auxerrois) is rounder and more aromatic. Work your way up from Le Kottabe, their entry-level Riesling (classic, rectilinear) through Les Pierrets (more body and firm, granite-based acidity) to the superb, crunchy Grand Cru Hengst. Pinot Gris Grand Cru Hengst is more seductive still but bone dry – rare for Pinot Gris – and the understated Gewurz Les Follastries is a sure bet.

Useful information: Their shop is open Monday to Friday 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00 and on Saturday mornings. Groups (12 – 50) may be accepted Monday to Friday by appointment with a possibility of matching the wines with food. English spoken.


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