Domaine Paul Blanck
Dating to the 17th century, Domaine Paul Blanck represents an exemplary synthesis of history and tradition flawlessly combined with innovation, the net result of which in an invitingly diverse range of stylish, eloquent and lively wines. Comprised of 36 hectares, all of which are farmed without the use of chemical insecticides, Blanck vineyard holdings including several "lieux dits" (vineyard designated parcels) and a full one-third lie in Grand Cru vineyards, including the celebrated Schlossberg and Furstentum sites. This diversity of terroir coupled with traditional Alsatian varietals provides a style and flavor for everyone among the Blanck family of wines. The sons, Frederic and Philippe work incessantly under the supervision of Bernard and Marcel, the sons of Paul Blanck.
A Dynasty of Winemakers: In 1610, Hans Blanck, the family's Austrian ancestor acquired the first vines in Alsace. In 1846, Jacques Philippe Blanck obtained a medal for his work as a winemaker. In 1927, Paul Blanck and a handful of other winemakers were recognized as the driving force behind turning the site of Schlossberg into a pilot site for a future grand cru. In 1975 with the creation of the grand cru appellation in Alsace, Schlossberg was the first to be assigned this appellation. In 1985 came a new generation of winemakers: Frédéric and Philippe. Their main preoccupation is respecting the vines and the soil.
"We are forever searching with passion and respect to enable nature to express itself in our wines. We wish to share with everyone the force and diversity of the Alsace; the richness of the grape varieties and the 'joie de vivre' of its people." - Frédéric and Philippe Blanck
"Frederic Blanck is eloquent in his expressions of traditionalism and viticultural idealism." - Robert Parker, Jr.
"Brothers Philippe and Frédéric Blanck make a harmonious team at this family estate located in the heart of the small town of Kientzheim. Philippe is in charge of communications and sales while Frédéric makes the wines. Roughly 80% of Blanck’s production is exported, and their wines are among Alsace’s easiest to find outside of France. From a strictly commercial point of view, the estate’s most important bottlings are those in their “Classiques” line-up, which are generally far above average for entry-level wines from Alsace; Blanck declassifies all of the must from their young grand cru vines into this range of wines. Even better, these inexpensive wines speak clearly of both their variety and their region, and are usually fairly dry. However even Blanck’s grand cru wines are characterized by early appeal and easy-drinking charm, and they are some of Alsace’s best food wines. Philippe Blanck described both the 2013 and 2012 vintages as 'very classic.'" - Vinous Media 4/2015
Paul Blanck Tasting at Cream 11/2010
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