Fréderic and Anne-Caroline Bernhard is young couple that run Jean-Marc Bernhard with profound oenological skill and irresistible charm who put in all effort possible to succeed in a demanding business. The have 9.5 ha of wines, 4 ha out of which are spread over 6 Grand Cru of very different character.
The Grands Crus are the granitic but restrained Wineck-Schlossberg (Katzenthal), the calcareous Florimont (Ingersheim), the succulent Schlossberg (Kientzheim/Kaysersberg), the marly and sun-drenched Mambourg (Sigolsheim), the superb Furstentum (Kientzheim) and the lively Kaefferkopf (Ammerschwihr).
Of these, after all Grand Cru Wineck-Schlossberg has a special place in Berhards heart since it is the best terroir for Riesling in Katzenthal. It transfers the right type of minerality, purity and structure to Riesling and also gives the wine great aging potential, at least ten years.
In addition to its Grand Crus, Bernhard has a series of fine lieux-dits, Hinterberg and Vogelgarten. From Vogelgarten, located between Grands Crus Mambourg and Furstentum, he makes an assemblage of Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. An exciting experiment!
While Bernhard makes Riesling from Wineck-Schlossberg and Schlossberg, Pinot Gris from Furstentum, while Gewurztraminer is offered from Florimont, Kaefferkopf and Mambourg. It is very interesting to see how well Fréderic Bernhard manages to express these terroirs despite the fact that Gewurztraminer has almost overwhelming varietal characteristics.
Fréderic Bernhard is very skilled at taking care of the potential and the characteristics of the different terroirs. At more modest levels, the wines of Jean-Marc Bernhard are very reliable, consistent and very good representatives of the grape variety.
Latest visit: 2012