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: 20 Rue de la Vallée,
Tel: 03 89 47 09 33 Fax: 03 89 47 06 99
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 47:57:42N (47.96169) Longitude: 7:14:19E (7.23874)
Bearded, jovial Seppi Landmann lives in a Renaissance house that dates back to 1575, but he’s only been making wine independently since 1982 when he left the cooperative to strike out on his own with a single hectare – now he has 9ha of vines, of which about 2ha are planted in the Zinnkoepfle (‘sunny hilltop’) just up behind Westhalten in the heart of the so-called Noble Valley. He makes a range of Crémants (including a stimulating Cuvée Erotique) and several flowery but beautifully dry Rieslings. He expresses uncompromising views on sweetness in Alsace wines and the proposal to label wines sec, demi-sec, doux or moelleux. “Une connerie”, he says – a nonsense – “all AC and Grand Cru wines should be sec, otherwise they have no business existing.” Every year from mid-August (depending on the year and the grape maturity), Landmann welcomes volunteers to help with the harvest at weekends, mornings only, culminating in a vineyard lunch offered by the domaine.
Useful information: Visits preferably by appointment. Open Monday – Saturday 08.30-12.00 and 13.30-18.00. English spoken.
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