The 2007 vintage in Alsace was superb, producing beautiful, elegant wines with great acidity, focus and intensity – but it wasn’t an easy one for the growers.
Spring was warm and flowering came early. By May the vines were nearly a month ahead of schedule, reminiscent of 2003. The weather turned throughout June and July, as rain kept the vineyards humid and in constant need of attention to prevent the spread of disease. Temperatures flip-flopped between warm and cool, slowing down the ripening process and pushing projected harvest dates back to September.
In late August the weather improved. Warm, sunny days brought life to the vines and ripening began in earnest. The good conditions continued through September and when the call to harvest finally came the extra hang time proved crucial. Flavors were fully developed, supported by beautiful acidity, making for a lovely crop of wines.
Domaine Schoffit originated in Colmar and has since expanded outward -- farther than anyone thought possible. Founded by Robert Schoffit, his son Bernard now manages the estate. Suffice it to say that he has elevated this Domaine to its greatest imaginable height. Bernard is a reliable source for creamy-rich and often high-alcohol Rieslings with considerable weight. Even the dry bottlings here normally have significant residual sugar. Schoffit also makes a powerful, thick and weighty Pinot Blanc in the style of Pinot Gris: with plenty of smoky, tropical fruit and chewy texture. Schoffit works vineyards both in the Harth, just outside the town of Colmar, in addition to newly acquired steep slopes in Rangen, near the Clos St. Theobold. This latter parcel had been mostly abandoned, thanks to the formidable challenge of working there. Schoffit however, has proven himself capable, and much more, producing extraordinary wine of immense concentration from these low yielding vines.