The estate develops its production in 4 ranges:
- the 4 Saering, Spiegel, Kessler and Kitterlé Grands Crus (42% of the farmed area)
- the Lieux-dits Belzbrunnen, Schwarzberg, Bux, Schimberg and Bollenberg
- the grapes wines made of the 7 varieties Riesling, Gewurz Traminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Sylvaner
- the Crémant d’Alsace, made of the varieties Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Auxerrois
On the map above, we clearly visualize in blue the Spiegel Grand Cru, in yellow the Saering Grand Cru, in green Kesslerthe Grand Cru and in red the Kitterlé Grand Cru. The black spots correspond to the estate plots.
The Saering was mentioned for the first time in 1250 about a quarrel opposing the nobility of Guebwiller and the Murbach Abbey. Those wines are classified among the bests in the archives of the city of Basel, which had many monasteries that had grapes in the region of Guebwiller. The wines from this region are sold under the name Saering since 1830.
In the North-East of Guebwiller, adjacent to the Kitterlé, the Saering represents an East and South-East exposed front-hill, at a height from 260 to 300 m. It stretches for 26,75 ha (66
This is a marl-limestone-sandstone soil.
Recovering Lat-dorfian Oligocene formations composed of a conglomerate of Buntsandstein sandstone pebbles and inter-stratum marlstone, the soil reveals a limestone basement that can occasionally show on the surface.
In the West part of the Grand Cru, nearer to a Kitterlé, it gives subtle and elegant wines with distinct citrus fruits noses in their youth and a stylish minerality in the ageing. Further East, the soil a little bit more clayey and chalky, sublimes the wine’s sourness.
A sandstone frieze of the 1st Century, found in the region of Rouffach, proves that the grape existed in the region at this time. Near 900, 170 towns like Guebwiller and Bergholtz were listed as wine grower. The Commandry of Issenheim quotes as “lieu-dit” of vineyard: “Schwartzberg” (hill where the Spiegel is located), “Hohenrod” (near to the current Spiegel Grand Cru), “Stein” (center of the current Spiegel Grand Cru)…
The Spiegel is renowned and valued since more than 70 years, during which this cru’s producers have attached importance to preserve its originality.
The Spiegel (45 acres) stretches at mid-slope on the side of Bergholtz and Guebwiller. On an average slope of 260 to 315 m, it is turned to the East and to the South.
This is a marl-sandstone soil.
It is constituted of an Oligocene substratum of conglomerates (a majority of sandstone pebbles) and of inter-stratum marlstone of the Lat-dorfian era, partially recovered with fallen rocks and colluvium of the Bundsandstein.
On its south slope, registered as Stein, the soil is less clayey and stonier, conferring an extremely subtle expression to the Riesling and the Muscat with verbena-mint flavor. The ageing of these wines is excellent, with plants and herbal tea flavors and a very soft minerality. On its south-east slope, the soils are heavier with some limestone outcrops, allowing the Gewurz Traminer to have a unique expression combining density and elegance with still some minty shades.
The Alsatian name “Kessler”, which means vat, cooking pot or cauldron in English and also the central part “Heisse Wanne”, hot basin in English let us think that the ancients have always been aware of the higher temperatures on the Kessler and even more in the Heisse Wanne that in the other surrounding plots. At the 16th Century, the “Wanne” had such a reputation that it was quoted in a saying that says: “the bests wines of the country grow in the Rangen of Thann, in the Wanne of Guebwiller and in Turckheim in the Brand”. The Kessler
is mentioned from the year 1394, it benefits from a separated Vinification and is sold under its own name since 1830.
The vineyard of the Kessler grows on the East side of the Unterlinger hill, at a height of 300 to 390 m and on a pretty steep and uniform slope. As the name suggests, the Kessler is formed, in its center, of a small valley, mainly south-east exposed, which protects it from the north winds and the cold air currents brought by the valley of Guebwiller. The Lieu-Dit stretches itself on 68.4 acres.
The Kessler is a sandy-clay-sandstone soil.
It is essentially based on a Bundsandstein Vosges sandstone substrate, giving reddish sandy-clay soils. On its basement, a linear Muschelkalk limestone outcrop covered with sandstone colluvium results in more clayey, compact and red soils.
This Grand Cru gives some vigorous Rieslings, dense and minerals, as well as very expressive Grey Pinot and Gewurz Traminer, combining density and freshness.
As far as we know, this hill is farmed since more than 10 Centuries. At the Middle-Age, Guebwiller was governed by the Prince-Abbots of the Murbach Abbey. The Crus of the Wanne, the Saering and of the Kitterlé were passing through Basel and Lucerne in transit to head towards Austria. The Kitterlé is mentioned since 1699. In 1782, twelve “schatz” (plots of 0,17 acres) of this vineyard happened to be the exclusive property of the Jesuits of Ensisheim. This hill is sold under its own name since 1830.
At the Lauch Valley limits and North to Guebwiller, the Kitterlé (63.70 acres) draws a spur on the massif of the Unterlinger, allowing different South, South-East and South-West expositions on a heavy slope soil. Very well protected from the North winds, it has a remarkable sunshine and occupies a unique site in Alsace, at a height from 270 to 360m.
This soil is the steepest of the area of Guebwiller and is a sandy-sandstone soil on its South and South-East exposition and sandstone-volcanic soil on its South-West exposition. Its substratum is composed of coarse Vosges sandstone and quartzite conglomerates of the middle Bundsandstein. Towards the top, levels of micaceous fine sandstone and clay lenses can sometimes be found interstratified. At the West end, the sandstone-volcanic soil is part of the Greywacke of the Carboniferous period.
With generally limited yields, this light sandy soil however gives very strong and complex wines, with a particularly smoky and mineral expression. With a powerful nose, those wines keep a crystalline flavor. The Gewurz Traminer from the Kitterlé is distinguished by hints of faded rose and peony and a characteristic minerality.