DOMAINE DE L’ACHILLÉE – Yves, Pierre and Jean Dietrich, Scherwiller
The Dietrich family has farmed land in Alsace since 1600, mostly in the village of Scherwiller, but also in an adjacent village. In the past the family farm used to be run on the basis of polyculture but these days the family concentrates on growing grape vines and other fruits.
In 1999 Yves converted the estate to organic farming (at the time he would sell his grapes to the local Cave cooperative), Pierre and Jean took over the responsibility of the winery in 2016 and were the first members of the family to bottle the estate’s wines. The estate has been farmed biodynamically ever since 2003 and includes 18.5 hectares of vines and 6 hectares of fruit trees from which the family produce Pet. Nats. from black and red cherries, damsons and victoria plums.
The cellar, located in the center of Alsace wine road, is the largest building in Europe made out of straw. Achillée is the name for yarrow, a plant used in biodynamic farming and one that grows abundantly on the Dietrich family’s vineyards.
The Alsace Blanc is composed of Sylvaner (50%), Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, with Auxerrois, Muscat and Chasselas. The Sylvaner vines used in this cuvée are planted facing West, on flat riverside plains, containing cold, fertile clays (this area used to be the old wharves and embarkation quays for the River Aubach that runs through the village of Scherwiller). The other grape varieties are planted in diverse expositions, in the various other soils types and areas that make up the family’s estate- such as in sandstone or granite soils, two hundred metres high up on the slopes of the local mountain, or on the stony, poor soil that surrounds the village of Scherwiller. The nose is pure with floral notes, accompanied by aromas of apricots and mirabelles. The palate is very elegant with good structure and great persistence. A variety of citrus fruit notes enrich the aromatic palette.