Every visit to Alsace results in an unexpected discovery of a domaine whos wines leads to love at first zip. In 2007, this producer was Camille Braun.
In 1960, the 25-year old Camille Braun decided to make a change from small scale farming to winemaking. The cattle were sold and by 1990, 2 ha of vineyards had grown to 7.5 ha. Since a decade, this charming and genuine family estate is run by Christophe Braun and his welcoming spouse Chantal. After land acquisition in her home village Uffholz, which was totally demolished during World War I, the area under vine is now a full 13 ha.
The vineyards include the classic terroirs of Orschwihr; Grand Cru Pfingstberg, Bollenberg, and Lippelsberg which is a situated on the foot of Pfingstberg by the road towards Soultzmatt. The estate is biodynamic since 2005, expecting formal approval and certification from 2008.
The wines are very good, across the line. They show the depth of flavour so often found in biodynamic wines, and are characterized by superior balance between acidity, body and sweet fruit. In addition, the pricelist give very good information to the customers. For all wines, the content of alcohol, acids and sugar are given and the style is indicated on a 6-grade scale.
Camille Braun sells 75% of the production to faithful costumers at prices that are very low in relation to the quality.
Even more striking is the friendly, relaxed and still very professional atmosphere that meets a visitor. The family, including the young daughters helping out in the cellar, show pride in their work and their wines. And they are more than willing to share it all with anyone who is wise enough to pay Camille Braun in Orschwihr a visit.
Latest visit: 2009