Winery of the Week: Domaine François Schmitt
November 13, 2017
Established in the 1970s, Domaine François Schmitt traces its descendant roots to 1697. When Francois took over the family farm in the village of Orschwihr, he expanded on the outskirts of the village. Today, he and his son operate the domaine, which has been organic since 2010 (the three-year certification process began in 2013).
The estate covers 32 acres, with 80 percent concentrated on the Coteaux du Bollenberg and Grand Cru Pfingstberg vineyards. They acquired a third parcel in 2014 in the Zinckoeplé Grand Cru near Soultzmatt. Fun fact: Zinnkoepflé is translated as “the summit (mount) of the sun.”
Because of the highly diverse terroirs in Alsace, each parcel has its own characteristics: wines produced from the Pfingstberg are austere when young and develop great complexity; the limestone-dominant Bollenberg produces late harvests and Selection of Noble Grains (SGN); and, wines from the Zinnkoepflé express aromatic finesse, acidity and power, particularly to Gewurztraminer and Riesling.
François Schmitt grows all eight official varieties approved for Alsace, with Gewurztraminer as its signature grape, following by the three pinots: Noir, Gris and Blanc, respectively.
The domaine’s range includes Crémants, proprietary blends, single-varietal entry wines, Bollenberg “Terroir” wines, the Grand Crus, late harvest and SGN wines in exceptional years.