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The vineyard

The estate covers 12 ha (over 29.50 acres) of vines, well located in and around Schengen and divided into some 25 different plots.

The majority of the vines are spread over the slopes; they are highly demanding in manual labour and are cultivated according to integrated farming methods ("culture raisonnée”), banning pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

Harvesting

Only hand harvesting can ensure that the ripest and healthiest grapes are picked at the appropriate time. According to the vintages, the grapes are picked in several batches.
The harvest usually begins around September 25th to end in early November with the Riesling grapes.

Grape varieties

Auxerrois : 7 %
Pinot Blanc : 15 %
Riesling : 43 %
Pinot Gris : 24 %
Gewürztraminer : 3 %
Others : 8 %

Vinification

The grapes are collected in crates of 200 kg and are transported twice a day to the Domaine's pneumatic wine presses.

The must ferments in small stainless steel or oak vats under temperature control. After being kept for a few months on fine lees, the wines are bottled in the spring following the harvest.

Annual production

Only the best wines are sold under the label of the Domaine, in total just over 30.000 bottles of still wines and 3.000 bottles of Crémant.


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