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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Twenty-three hectares, of which 15 are in Clos St-Landelin, a vineyard of great antiquity now entirely owned by the Muré family, all organic. René Muré is gradually handing over to daughter Véronique and son Thomas, the 12th generation to be active at the domaine: “It’s a family affair, we all do a bit of everything!” smiles Véronique. Domaine Clos St-Landelin wines (which include those in the Clos itself plus neighbouring Grand Crus and some lieux-dits i.e. named vineyards of reputation without Grand Cru status) are the stars. The ‘second eleven’ (‘Vins René Muré’) includes some using the designation Côte de Rouffach as well as generic wines, for which the Murés buy in grapes from neighbouring vineyards (including from Agathe Bursin, see below). Their Pinot Noir Clos St Landelin is one of Alsace’s finest examples, and they also make an exceptionally fine Crémant d’Alsace. At the lower end their Sylvaner is worth a detour.
Useful information: The tasting caveau is open Monday to Friday 08.00-18.30 and on Saturday 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00. English spoken. Every year in early December, the domaine has a portes-ouvertes, by invitation (call them for details) – a great opportunity to taste the full range of their wines, plus cheeses from fromager Jacky Quesnot (see ‘Other Interesting Shops’)
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