Pinot Noir, Domaine Bohn
Since taking over the family winery at the age of 18, Bernard Bohn has crafted an individually unique style of wines on the only outcrop of schist terroir in Alsace. The Bohn family members have been winegrowers for well over three centuries in Reichsfeld, a small village at the far end of the valley, where until recently, the local Alsatian dialect was still more common than French. Today, Bernard and his son Arthur farm just over 9 hectares and go beyond organic agriculture to incorporate uncommon techniques, such as completely abandoning vineyard plowing and allowing cover crops to coexist to create balance in the vines.
The ‘typical’ Alsatian wines are anything but typical. Riesling and Pinot Gris are planted on the schist in Reichsfeld, while Sylvaner, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Noir come from precambrian sandstone on the facing hillside in Bernardvillé. Bernard has always believed in the supremacy of schist and releasing wines when they are ready to drink, so the flagship Pinot Gris and Riesling from Shieferberg are often held back in bottle for 6 years or more before release. Bohn is also justifiably proud of his Pinot Noir. Since the Middle Ages, the sandstone hills have been reputed for excellent red wines, and Bohn produces a range of Pinots, from typical light-bodied expressions to fuller, medium-bodied examples aged in barrel. Then there’s the Vintage Crémant, which is aged for 12 years on the lees before disgorgement.