who grows the grapes? who makes the wines?
what wines do they make?
when did the winery start? when might you open a bottle?
The answer to the question of when you might open a bottle of wine from Schaetzel is a lengthy one, but it’s a fun one to consider. Jean’s “Cuvée Reserve” wines are generally meant to be consumed young, and you can always assume that they will be pristine examples of that particular grape. They will be balanced between riped fruit and bright acid.
For a starting point, try his Gewürztraminer with a ripe Munster cheese for a classic pairing, or his Pinot Gris with spicy Northern Thai cuisine. The Grand Cru wines deserve a bit more attention to pairings and time in the cellar. The 2002 Rangen Riesling is still bright and young ten years later and paired beautifully with pan seared salmon and fennel. The glory of good wine from Alsace is the diversity of food with which it pairs.
where is the winery?
None of the grapes are purchased, and none ever come from the vast plains that are the home to so many thousands of acres of vineyards in Alsace. Jean feels strongly that the heart of Alsace and the only place to grow grapes worthy of making into wine are the foothils on the western edge of the Vosges mountains that protect the region from adverse weather and provide ideal exposure for vine growing.
why is it a Candid Wine? why might you want to taste?
how is it made?
In the winery, work at the sorting table is merciless and Jean insists that only healthy grapes make it into the stainless steel fermenters. Native yeasts are relied on to create alcohol and large neutral oak casks provide a home for extended contact between the fine lees and the wine.