Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss
A great passion for wine, terroir and biodynamic agriculture. Looking for the core of the terroir with passion, love and respect for nature. The only reason he still planted grapes is to bring out the evolution from the layers of the earth formed over the centuries. A true pioneer in his profession with a reputation that extends all the world. Wine has been grown in the Kreydenweiss family for three centuries and the domain therefore plays an important role in the history of Alsace. Since 1989, the winery is one of the first in France to be certified in biodynamic winemaking.
“The only reason I still plant grapes is to bring out the evolution from the layers of the earth formed over the centuries” – Marc
Son Antoine takes over the vine
Since 2007, his son Antoine and his wife Charlotte have taken over the domaine in Andlau. The focus and vision remains the same: produce wines that reflects the soul of the terroir. The grape vine is seen as a tool to extract minerals from the soil. With the now 13.5 hectares of vineyards, about 100,000 bottles are bottled on the domaine every year, of which the Wiebelsberg, Moenchberg, Kastelberg are classified as Grand Cru.
“The heart of the matter remains unchanged: to produce wines that reflect the soul of the terroir”
Andlau, a mosaic of terroirs
Andlau has a particularly great diversity of terroirs. On a relatively small area, many different soil types can be found. You will find limestone just outside Andlau, from the Vosges. Sandstone and granite on the Wiebelsberg and the unique black schistes on the Kastelberg ensure intense concentration and great minerality. On the 13.5 hectares of Kreydenweiss you will find half of the soil types of the whole Alsace, which makes it a special and unique place in Europe.
“On the 13.5 hectares of Kreydenweiss you will find half the soil types of the entire Alsace, which makes it a special and unique place in Europe.”
Vinification and education
At the domaine they are convinced that 90% of the quality of the wines comes from the vine. Vinification is seen as just an accompaniment to the final product. The ultimate goal is to taste the strong expression of the terroir and the vision of the winemaker. The wine is aged in old Burgundy barrels, where a slow fermentation takes place and the wood has no further influence on the taste. Instead of agricultural tools, real horsepower is still used here, to prevent the soil from compacting and with no room for microorganisms to develop.
For each year, the creativity of an artist is used to illustrate the labels. The knowledge and creativity of the artist and the winemaker are bundled into unique, artistic labels for each wine produced.
At Bistrot Neuf we find it hard to choose. Every wine will make your taste buds do a dance of joy. The age-old family traditions and the wide range of terroirs brings complex, concentrated wines, lots of minerality, an insanely ripe and oxidative style. Every bottle, every glass and every sip brings you another story. Kreydenweiss is like a good book, you just want to keep reading.