2018 Domaine Bohn AOC Alsace Par Nathur Pinot Noir
Alsatian Pinot Noir? You bet. This beauty is medium bodied, aromatic, and promises to reveal a whole new world to fans of this beloved grape variety. Produced from organic/biodynamic fruit and natural winemaking methods. Less than 1,100 cases produced.
Contrary to popular belief, Alsace is one of the sunniest and driest regions in France, thanks to its location within the rain shadows of the Vosges Mountains.
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Bernard Bohn has been crafting an individually unique style of wines since the young age of 18. After dropping out of Jesuit boarding school, Bohn enrolled in a winemaking program and took over his family estate, which happens to be rooted into the only outcrop of schist in all of Alsace. With three generations of know-how passed on from prior generations, Bernard, in conjunction with his son Arthur, are making some of the region’s most exciting wines from nine hectares of organically-farmed vines.
However, the Bohn farming mentality goes far beyond organics. Additionally, the family incorporates cover crops and encourages biodiversity amongst the vines, which they ultimately believe creates the greatest sense of balance in the vineyard. The family produces an impressive 30+ cuvées each year, which fall into two camps: classic Alsatian wines and the more natural-focused Par Nathur lineup. The division between the ‘typical’ and ‘natural’ range is completely fluid, as the typical wines receive minimal doses of SO2 (less than 1g at bottling) that would qualify as natural at most other domaines. Similarly, the family will often hold back a ‘Par Nathur’ wine for extensive aging – a practice generally executed on the traditional cuvées.
At Domaine Bohn, creative genius and endless curiosity beautifully collide. Their uniquely delicious range of wines from the Schieferberg and surrounding terroir are some of the most thought-provoking wines we’ve ever had from Alsace – when we say they’re worth trying, we mean it!
40km south of Strasbourg and away from traffic of the main wine route, Reichsfeld, the idyllic and preserved village which offers itself to those who want to get off the traditional journey. “So take your time to encounter the unpredictable surprise and be tempted by tasting wine in my cellar, then sharing our passions about wine together.” – Bernard Bohn
Since 12th century, the count of Andlau already planted the vines in Reichsfeld. Later on, in 14th century, the monastic vineyard has been developed around Baumgarten Cistercian abbey, extending from Schieferberg to Muenchberg. According to the book of ”Phantheum Hygiasticum”, written by Doctor Claudius Deodatus (1628) in Basel, Plus the “New Tisch Book” by Joan Sig Elsholzius, wines from Reichsfeld had been listed among the best wines of Alsace.
For more than two centuries, the BOHN family kept inheriting their knowledge about wine from father handover to son. After Bernard took over for his parents, René and Hélène, he is seeking to continue the impression and spirit of BOHN wines.
“I love: Sharing a glass of good wine, Being in communion with nature, Planting vines, Cherishing them, Harvesting the grapes, Transforming them into divine beverage to reach the initial pleasure, Sharing a glass of wine or more, create the new world.
In the morning I wake up…Planting vines, Cherishing them… And thus repeats the toil of winemaker while evolving towards perfection. And then, put a few of my dreams into bottles that will awake your senses and open your mind, so you can share the happiness in your turn. It is important that our lives have the great dreams and make them come true without hesitation. A happy man is the one who realizes his dreams. So my friend, fill up my glass…” – Bernard Bohn
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