Domaine Paul Blanck
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Country of Origin: France
Location: Kientzheim, Alsace
People: Blanck Family, Owners | Philippe & Frédéric Blanck, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Dating back to the 17th century, Domaine Paul Blanck represents an exemplary synthesis of history and tradition flawlessly combined with innovation. The net result is an invitingly diverse range of stylish, eloquent, and lively wines. The domaine is comprised of 35 hectares that are farmed without the use of chemical insecticides and fertilizers. The Paul Blanck vineyard holdings include three lieux dits (or potential premier crus) as well as five celebrated grand cru vineyards: Schlossberg, Wineck-Schlossberg, Furstentum, Sommerberg and Mambourg. Only 20% of the holdings are located in unnamed vineyards that are not classified. However, just 25-30% of the annual grape production is selected for the grands crus, giving the classic bottlings their impressive structure and freshness. This diversity of terroir coupled with traditional Alsatian varieties provides a style and flavor for everyone to love.
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, along with 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 system in Alsace, Schlossberg was the first to be assigned this appellation. Paul's sons Bernard and Marcel Blanck play a crucial role in elevating Domaine Paul Blanck and the notion of grand cru terroir. Bernard and Marcel's sons, cousins Frédéric and Philippe, joined the domaine in 1985. Together they lead the domaine into the 21st century. Philippe Blanck is in charge of external relations and is an ambassador for the domaine as well as the region of Alsace. Frédéric Blanck is in charge of the vineyards and the cellar.
"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
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"Blanck exports 80% of their production, so each new vintage is highly sought after in France as there isn't much wine left to go around. The Blancks are especially adept at turning out excellent, fairly-priced entry-level wines that speak clearly of their varieties. Virtually all of the property is farmed organically.'"
"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.'"