Winery of the Week: Kuentz-Bas
March 12, 2018
First established by the Kuentz family in 1795, Maison Kuentz-Bas was created in 1895 through the marriage of the Kuentz and Bas families.
Sitting on one of Alsace’s highest points, just a couple of miles southeast of Eguisheim, the domaine’s vineyards span nearly 25 acres, including the grand crus of Eichberg, Pfersigberg, Geisberg and Florimont.
The vineyards received its biodynamic certification from Demeter in 2008. All grapes are hand harvested. In the cellar, winemaker Olivier Raffin uses non-interventionist practices that let the wines speak of terroir and fruit. Depending on the cuvee, the wines are aged in century-old oak wooden casks, which permit slow micro oxidation in a neural environment or in modern stainless steel tanks.
Cultivating all seven white grape varieties and pinot noir, the domaine offers three ranges: the fruit-forward “Tradition,” the terroir-driven “Collection” and the “Trois Chateaux,” so named for the famous three castles nearby. The Trois Chateuax range represents estate wine produced at its most natural with as little intervention as possible.
Kuentz-Bas produces crémant, late-harvest wines, eau de vie and “AWA Fût de Riesling,” a whiskey fermented in the same barrels as used in the Pfersigberg Grand Cru Riesling.