2020 Domaine Weinbach "Clos des Capucins" Pinot Gris, Alsace, France
ABOUT THIS WINE
The historic enclosure extends over 5 hectares, protected by the surrounding walls of the former Capuchin convent. It is mentioned as early as 890, the year Empress Richarde donated it to the Abbey of Etival, which in turn detached part of it for the benefit of the Capuchin monks at the beginning of the 17th century.
Le Clos is located at the bottom of the slope, well protected from the winds by the surrounding hills. Its soils are sandy-silt on gravel and granite pebbles. This terroir benefits from rapid soil warming thanks to the pebbles on its surface. It produces wines that mature slightly earlier than the other terroirs.
The Domaine's vines planted in the Clos and its immediate surroundings of the same nature include all grape varieties. They give birth in particular to Riesling Cuvée Théo, Pinot Gris Clos des Capucins, Gewurztraminer Cuvée Théo and Pinot Noir Clos des Capucins.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill, in a setting of vines and roses, the Domaine Weinbach "wine stream", named after the small stream that crosses it, was built in 1612 by the Capuchin monks.
Sold as national property during the French Revolution, the Estate was acquired in 1898 by the Faller brothers who passed it on to their son and nephew Théo. A great figure in the Alsatian vineyard and ardent promoter of its recognition as an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, Théo Faller works for the quality of Alsace wines and the development of their incomparable terroirs and grape varieties. In love with his property, he develops it, enlarges it and embellishes it.
From 1979, his wife Colette and his daughters Catherine and Laurence demonstrated the same passion for the great wines of Alsace and the same unfailing attachment to quality.
Since 2016, Catherine Faller has been running the Domaine with her sons Eddy and Théo.