The precision

The constant control of the quality of our grapes has always been for us a real quest for excellence. Each year is a real beginning where we stop looking for how to achieve the best. All our practices are resolutely oriented towards obtaining healthy, ripe, balanced grapes in order to express the very essence of the terroir. The sensitivity of each grape variety will bring a particular singularity through a deep aromatic expression.

The precision

The constant control of the quality of our grapes has always been for us a real quest for excellence. Each year is a real beginning where we stop looking for how to achieve the best. All our practices are resolutely oriented towards obtaining healthy, ripe, balanced grapes in order to express the very essence of the terroir. The sensitivity of each grape variety will bring a particular singularity through a deep aromatic expression.

A suitable climate

Located below the Grand Ballon, the Soultz vineyard benefits from a very special microclimate. The Atlantic disturbances blocked by the mountain range bring this hot wind causing a rapid ripening of the grapes. The omnipresent continental climate reinforces the seasonal character. The dry periods are strewn with stormy rains allowing the vine to compensate for the small quantities of water it receives.

Symbiosis with nature

The harmony between the vines and nature is reflected in a rich biodiversity; both at the soil level and at the level of the species found there. The floors are covered with various plant cover. Natural or real agronomic cover, they provide a multitude of benefits that are often overlooked. It is really nice to be surrounded by greenery and teeming insects from every corner !

This cover promotes competition on the surface, which will force the vine to go down deep in search of all the splendor of the terroir. Each stage is dictated by the weather and punctuated by the lunar affluence. Plowing is prohibited because it causes disasters in terms of anaerobic fauna. It is rather necessary to concentrate on the observation of the plant to minimize the interventions.

Plant protection

You have to get up at dawn to infuse the nettles harvested on the edge of the forest the day before. Little by little the stimulants of the nettle migrate into the herbal tea enriched with horsetail, wicker, chamomile...
The whole is incorporated into the mixture of copper and natural sulphur. Pine or orange peel oils are added to reduce the use of copper and sulfur as much as possible. Generally around 5 a.m., when the humidity is optimal, the time has come to start the tractor to spray the vines with this white mixture. The recovery panels that we purchased in 2018 make it possible to recover a large part diffused in the air to reinject it into the tank. This allows us to limit losses (soil, air) by reducing doses by up to 80% at the start of the period. The whole allowing to evolve in a stable and sustainable environment.

Plant protection

You have to get up at dawn to infuse the nettles harvested on the edge of the forest the day before. Little by little the stimulants of the nettle migrate into the herbal tea enriched with horsetail, wicker, chamomile...
The whole is incorporated into the mixture of copper and natural sulphur. Pine or orange peel oils are added to reduce the use of copper and sulfur as much as possible. Generally around 5 a.m., when the humidity is optimal, the time has come to start the tractor to spray the vines with this white mixture. The recovery panels that we purchased in 2018 make it possible to recover a large part diffused in the air to reinject it into the tank. This allows us to limit losses (soil, air) by reducing doses by up to 80% at the start of the period. The whole allowing to evolve in a stable and sustainable environment.

A timeless garden

The durability of the stumps is disputed by the mechanical work of the cavaillon, the death of old stumps and the attack of wood diseases. To remedy this, we plant all the plots of the estate every year. Pruning that respects sap flows is a technique that we put in place to limit wood diseases. The re-grafting, the curettage and the coppicing allow us to preserve our vines longer. The root part of these vines being more developed, the expression of the terroir is more.

We select at harvest from our oldest plots of massal selection in order to recover the wood for our complants and regrafting. This operation will multiply the genetic and aromatic diversity of the plots. Unlike clonal selections, these selections favor the adaptation of the plant to the climate, to diseases... Thanks to all these practices, our oldest plots planted just after the war provide us with incomparable grapes.

A timeless garden

The durability of the stumps is disputed by the mechanical work of the cavaillon, the death of old stumps and the attack of wood diseases. To remedy this, we plant all the plots of the estate every year. Pruning that respects sap flows is a technique that we put in place to limit wood diseases. The re-grafting, the curettage and the coppicing allow us to preserve our vines longer. The root part of these vines being more developed, the expression of the terroir is more.

We select at harvest from our oldest plots of massal selection in order to recover the wood for our complants and regrafting. This operation will multiply the genetic and aromatic diversity of the plots. Unlike clonal selections, these selections favor the adaptation of the plant to the climate, to diseases... Thanks to all these practices, our oldest plots planted just after the war provide us with incomparable grapes.

The selection

The vine, by its creeping characteristics, will constantly seek to lengthen. The pruning period marks the beginning of the selections. We control the yield, in order to obtain more concentrated grapes. This selection continues in May when we split, thin out all the plots intended to produce great wines. In July-August, we carry out a green harvest, in order to control the number of grapes. Indeed, some plants can be doubly or even triple fruitful from one year to the next.

The selection

The vine, by its creeping characteristics, will constantly seek to lengthen. The pruning period marks the beginning of the selections. We control the yield, in order to obtain more concentrated grapes. This selection continues in May when we split, thin out all the plots intended to produce great wines. In July-August, we carry out a green harvest, in order to control the number of grapes. Indeed, some plants can be doubly or even triple fruitful from one year to the next.

Harvest time

Once the berries are well colored, the maturity checks begin. The lunar influences as well as the weather play on the intense rhythm of the harvest days. All the grapes are harvested with care by our pickers. Cathy will take care of sorting the morning harvest on the plot in order to obtain the healthiest harvest possible. Finally, the bottiches arrive at the cellar to be emptied into the pneumatic press. The long and soft pressing will allow to extract only the most qualitative juices which will flow directly into the cellar of 1253.

Exceptional vintages

It is on the hill of Mittelbourg that our old vines are selected for the development of ultimate cuvées. Time shapes the grapes and Mother Nature then decides the fate of the Vendanges Tardives and Sélections de grains Nobles. The alternation of humid mornings and hot afternoons promotes the development of botrytis which concentrates aromas, sugars and acids. This extra concentration makes the intensity of the grape variety exhilarating and gives it a remarkable length in the mouth. Its conservation in a suitable cellar and long months of aging allow the wine to enrich itself over time. This suave wine goes well with exquisite desserts or goes wonderfully with the bitterness of dark chocolates.

The journey in the cellar

The bubbly sound of the stainless steel vats enchants the place. Temperature regulation makes it possible to manage yeast activity to limit deviations. In this sense, stainless steel vats also promote sulphur-free cleaning and production. Once fermentation is complete, the wines are sulphited and aged for many months. Some wines are then racked to refine in French oak barrels. The walls of the former convent make it possible to keep the natural freshness conducive to breeding. The wines remain on the lees until the last days before bottling, in order to protect them and refine the last subtle notes. All operations are dictated by the lunar calendar depending on the type of wine sought.

The journey in the cellar

The bubbly sound of the stainless steel vats enchants the place. Temperature regulation makes it possible to manage yeast activity to limit deviations. In this sense, stainless steel vats also promote sulphur-free cleaning and production. Once fermentation is complete, the wines are sulphited and aged for many months. Some wines are then racked to refine in French oak barrels. The walls of the former convent make it possible to keep the natural freshness conducive to breeding. The wines remain on the lees until the last days before bottling, in order to protect them and refine the last subtle notes. All operations are dictated by the lunar calendar depending on the type of wine sought.

To the rhythm of the moon, the tides, the constellations

It was in our garden that we experienced the different lunar aspects. The differences are glaring! Thanks to the good positioning of a practice, the vine receives a different message from a following phase. For example, in waxing moon the vitality of plants increases. It is during this lunar phase that we will harvest the nettles. The days of fruits, flowers, roots, leaves (the moment when the Moon is in front of its own constellation) induce different information to the plant. The consequences related to these constellations are very vast; leaf pruning, regrowth of vegetative organs, storage, etc. 

La Conservation

We pay particular attention to the preservation of our wines. Capping being a crucial point, we have opted for the most ecological and product-friendly solutions. Our Magnums and the finest cuvées are corked with natural cork from Portugal combined with NDtech technology. This technique consists of individually controlling each cork in order to eliminate any risk of contamination by Trichloroanisole (TCA or more commonly cork taste). For the other cuvées, we use very obstructive agglomerated corks. These are without organoleptic deviations and thus respect the product.

To the rhythm of the moon, the tides, the constellations

It was in our garden that we experienced the different lunar aspects. The differences are glaring! Thanks to the good positioning of a practice, the vine receives a different message from a following phase. For example, in waxing moon the vitality of plants increases. It is during this lunar phase that we will harvest the nettles. The days of fruits, flowers, roots, leaves (the moment when the Moon is in front of its own constellation) induce different information to the plant. The consequences related to these constellations are very vast; leaf pruning, regrowth of vegetative organs, storage, etc. 

La Conservation

We pay particular attention to the preservation of our wines. Capping being a crucial point, we have opted for the most ecological and product-friendly solutions. Our Magnums and the finest cuvées are corked with natural cork from Portugal combined with NDtech technology. This technique consists of individually controlling each cork in order to eliminate any risk of contamination by Trichloroanisole (TCA or more commonly cork taste). For the other cuvées, we use very obstructive agglomerated corks. These are without organoleptic deviations and thus respect the product.

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