The Ehrhart family has been making wine in Alsace since 1725, and the family tradition continues on today just as it has for the last few centuries.
SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC FARMING PIONEERS
Since joining his father François, in 1988, Philippe and Corinne Ehrhart have tried to stay faithful to the non-interventionist philosophy of his grandfather. In Europe their Domaine is recognized under “Domaine Saint-Rémy”. So for three generations Domaine Saint Rémy has embraced old-school viticultural methods. Since 1999 they farmed there vineyards in Organic manner and since a few years Philippe works in biodynamic. In fact, the region as a whole has been a leading force in the organic and biodynamic movement, and Domaine Saint Rémy is proudly Demeter certified in both methodologies.
WINES OF PURITY AND ELEGANCE
The Ehrharts are based in the village of Wettolsheim, five kilometers west of Colmar. They farm 24 hectares among 11 communes within the Haut-Rhin, including four – grand crus (Hengst, Brand, Goldert and Schlossberg). While Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Gris serve as the primary focus of their plantings, they also work with Pinot Noir, Pinot Auxerrois, Sylvaner, and Chardonnay (for the Crémant dAlsace). The Ehrharts believe that the incredible diversity of their terroirs necessitates separate vinifications for each parcel of land. The Ehrharts harvest all of their fruit by hand, sorting through the clusters in the vineyard rather than in the winery. The grapes are pressed gently and undergo long, traditional fermentations with native yeasts. They allow the wines to rest on their lees and stir them twice a month for 6 to 8 months. Given the incredible diversity of terroirs from granite to limestone to sand, and slow vinifications, the finished wines are abundant in opulent aromatics yet are chiseled with a striking minerality and clean acidity.