Mittelwihr is an important viticultural village with almost 200 hectares of vines, right in the heart of Alsace. In contrast to Bennwihr, no cooperative was formed in Mittelwihr after the destruction of the two villages in 1944. Therefore, the village boast some 40 producers. Some are located along the busy road, but you will in fact find the majority in the modern residential areas on the slopes west of the village. Here, in one-family houses, superb wines are made and offered at very moderate prices.
One of those producers is Philippe Scheidecker. In modern, but humble premises this sympathetic and hospitable producer makes solid wines in the full but classic style, typical of the village. The total area is 7 hectares; a recent expansion added a few of these as well as the suffix - Zimmerlin.
The strength of Scheidecker is certainly the wines from the three Grands Crus. From Grand Cru Sporen, mostly famed for outstanding Gewurztraminer, Scheidecker makes a Riesling. Sporen is on marl low in lime, and is actually not the most suitable for Riesling, but just like Edgar Schaller (Mittelwihr) and Frédéric Engel (Riquewihr), Philippe Scheidecker carefully expresses the unique feature of Sporen and makes a Riesling with personality, longevity and a hint of smoke.
The pride of Mittelwhir is the 12 hectare Grand Cru Mandelberg. From this cold soil, favoured by a very good microclimate, makes a firm, fine and focused Gewurztraminer. However, the wine to die for is certainly the Muscat Grand Cru Froehn. This terroir, which is hard to cultivate due to slides in the stratified soil, is planted with Muscat. Just like Becker (Zellenberg), Scheidecker makes a lovely, seductive and fresh Muscat of very high standard from a terroir that appears superior for this (or these, there are two Muscat varieties) illusive variety.
Philippe Scheidecker is a good and worthy representative of all what Alsace stands for, care, openness and strong yet sound feeling for the soil and tradition.
Latest visit: 2008