Domaine Gerard Schueller is a winery located in Husseren Les Chateaux, a few kilometers south-west of Colmar. Gerard and Bruno Schueller work on 7 hectares , of which more than one hectare in Pinot Noir ( 40 ares of Pinot Noir were bought in 1993 ) . Bruno Schueller follows on the whole the biodynamic rules, but the estate did not sign up for the formal membership and certification. The winemaker is very independant-minded and says the goal must remain central : to be free to make the wine you want . So, if it can be said that he works with "biodynamics" , he wants to stay free from strict frames, and keep the focus on elaborating his wine .
He does pruning and some topping of the vines . He considers topping (cutting some of the leaves and canes to limit competition between leaves and grapes) a trauma for the vines which brings disharmony in the plant-system and unnecessarily increases the volume as a reaction . So he prefers pruning (pruning is done in winter, and consists in cutting and shortening the vine's extremities), which results in smaller foliage volume, with the result that there is little need of topping later in the year .
The cellar in which Bruno Schueller speaks about his work and where we are going to taste is very cool , even cold , especially compared to the 30 ° C or so outside . This is the natural cool temperature of the place as he doesn't use any air-con .
So, now he takes some wine samples directly from the casks :
2 : Pinot Noir 2003 "Cuvée LN012" This cuvée was inaugurated in 1997 and named for its extremely low SO2 level : 12 . In 2003 , tanins are more present . Stays alive , though .
3 : Pinot Blanc 2003 .
4 : Riesling Pfersigberg Grand Cru 2003 Cuvée "H" .The big casks are not full , but still no SO2 added . He checks regularly how the wine behaves .
5 : Riesling Eichberg 2003 . Superb nose . Has this something on the tongue as it comes directly from the cask . I like it . Rich . residual sugar .
6 : Pinot Noir "Chant des Oiseaux" 2001 . This is a bottle , for a change . Very rare . He makes 300 bottles a year . Nose is very characteristic .