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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Address: 100 Rue Théodore Deck,
Tel: 03 89 74 27 00 / 03 89 74 85 75
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 47:54:43N (47.91186) Longitude: 7:12:20E (7.20566)
Guebwiller is dominated by the fabulously steep, imposing, terraced Schlumberger vineyards, a huge domaine by Alsace standards - 140ha of prime sites and no less than four Grand Crus: Kitterlé, Kessler, Spiegel and Saering. As of old, four Comtois carthorses continue to work the upper slopes and the kilometres of pink Vosges sandstone stone walls are faithfully maintained – but there’s much new to report, including a €3.5-million investment in a new press room, stainless steel vats and increased storage capacity. Selection is ever stricter than before and fewer wines make it to the top Grand Cru grade and instead are declassified to the Princes Abbés range. There’s been a steady progression on the ecological front too, from integrated pest management to organic cultivation; now several parcels of vines are being trialled for biodynamic cultivation. The ‘house wines’ (Princes Abbés range) make reliable everyday drinking. The Grand Crus, in particular the award-festooned Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kitterlé and Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kessler, are breathtaking.
Useful information: Open Monday to Thursday 08.00-18.00 and Friday 08:00-17.00. Closed at weekends. English spoken.
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