Domaine Bott-Geyl, Alsace

Biodynamic

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Jean Christophe Bott
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Biodynamic Wines with True Greatness

The young Jean-Christophe Bott’s commitment to purity, concentration and varietal character has gathered the world’s attention on this tiny Domaine in Beblenheim, which lies in the heart of the Alsace region. Bott-Geyl began in 1947 but has reached true greatness under Jean-Christophe’s watch after his experiences with wine producers in Germany, France, and the New World. The domaine owns a total of 13 hectares of vines, including some parcels in the Grand Cru sites of Sonnenglanz, Schoenenbourg, Mandelberg, and Fürstentum. Jean-Christophe strives to balance the region’s tendency towards overwhelming sugar levels and over-the-top concentration with wines that marry delineated terroir and bright, clean fruit. The domaine subscribes to biodynamic farming techniques on vines average 30 years of age, adopting plowing, vegetation control, and zero use of chemical products. Hand-harvesting, gentle pressing and fermentation using only natural, indigenous yeasts are the norm. After fermentation, the wines may spend some time on their lees for up to six months, which helps develop the texture, flavors, and aromas. Some of the wines are also held in bottle for several years before releasing for added complexity and flavor development.