Perfection to the smallest detail, it is a good way to describe the domaine Martin Schaetzel.
Martin Schaetzel is a fairly small domaine of 12 hectares, located in central Ammerschwihr and was until 2010 run by Jean Schaetzel, a professor at the oenological college in Rouffach. Now, Michel Vié has in charge, in the spirit of Jean. Despite its modest size, Schaetzel has more than 30 wines on its list, including as many as 10 Riesling. Only from Grand Cru Kaefferkopf they offer different cuvées representing distinctly different geologies in the notoriously heterogeneous Kaefferkopf. Jean Schaetzel successfully captures the character from their various vineyards, thanks to the low-intervention, organic approach which highlights the influence of the terroir. This can only be understood if you are on site and may be privileged to compare wines of the same grape variety and vintage in parallel.
Unlike most other small producers, Schaetzel does not actively advertise themselves to occasional visitors to the region. The fact, the address does not even appear on the village's official guide plate. The sign on the street is reduced a minimum of Alsace and visitors should call ahead. But well in place, you will be receiving extremely friendly, generously and professionally in every respect. The product list is a well written, well designed booklet with a lot of information about the wines.
Year after year, Schaetzel is recognised by La Revue du Vin de France for his wines. But do not only look focus on the most exclusive wines. All wines, from the modest Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois to epitomes such as the Grands Crus Kaefferkopf, Schlossberg and Ranger are all extremely well made and are just saturated with pure quality.
Do not miss Martin Schaetzel - it is a real gem!
First visit: 2010. Latest visit: 2013.