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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Grand Cru Zinnkoepfle, Soultzmatt, Seppi Landmann ©Peter Harvey

Seppi Landmann

Address: 20 Rue de la Vallée, 68570 Soultzmatt
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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