Domaine Gérad Schueller is located in Husseren-les-Châteux, a small hamlet hanging on to the hillslope below a series of old caste ruins. Situated south-west of Colmar, they mark the northern boundary of the geological fault stretching south towards Thann.
The domaine is managed by Bruno Schueller who is anything but main stream. Although the vinification methods, anchored in biodynamic viticultural ideas, create high class wines with loads of personality, the relations with INAO are not uncomplicated.
Bruno Scheuller owns land on Grands Crus that are split between Eguisheim and Husseren-les-Chateaux, namely Pfersigberg and Eichberg. However, the most interesting terroir may be Bildstœcklé. This lieu-dit is within the commune of Obermorschwihr, the southern neighbour of Eguisheim. During the years when the Grands Crus where to be delimited, most communes to get their "own". Grand Cru. But not Obermorschwihr. Here, there were simply no reputed growers willing to mobilize and pursue the issue. Today, grapes from Bildstœcklé, a calcareous soil, are sought after by some of the most reputed houses of Alsace.
Schueller makes wines with a minimum of intervention. No, or a minimum of sulphur is added during the vinification, the primary fermentation is allowed to reduce the residual sugar to a minimum, and Schueller opens up for malolactic fermentation. The result is personal, golden, aromatic wines with a wide range of aromas and flavours, and wines with dry, almost hard finish with profound minerality.
The wines are not always in line with what is seen as typical for varietal wines of Alsace. It is not uncommon that the wines of Bruno Schueller do not pass the sensory tests of INAO. However, this does not seem to worry this utterly skilful, friendly and creative "artisan". Seek out the wines of Bruno Schueller, but do it with an open mind. Seek and Thou Shalt Find!