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But who is hiding behind the imposing Jean-Christophe Bott, and behind this Alsatian accent? A passionate man who gives body and soul to produce exceptional wines!Lire plus Learn more
But who is hiding behind the imposing Jean-Christophe Bott and this Alsatian accent? A man who is passionate about his vines and his wines, who never tires of talking about and letting you taste his wines, and for whom respect for the terroir comes before medals. Jean-Christophe works with small yields, he also converted the estate to organic farming in 2000 and to biodynamic farming in 2002.
The Bott-Geyl Estate, located in Beblenheim in Alsace, is composed of 15 hectares of vineyards spread over 7 different communes. Rich of a strong family heritage, Jean-Christophe Bott produces wines with Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru and Crémant d'Alsace appellations.
Each of its vintages is worked in order to find the perfect balance between power and length in mouth. And it is a successful challenge!
Heir to a family tradition dating back to 1795 where the love of the vine is transmitted from generation to generation, Jean-Christophe Bott operates the Domaine Bott-Geyl since 1993.
24 years old when he takes over the domain, he is rich in knowledge thanks to his wine experience acquired with winemakers in France, Germany, Australia and South Africa.
An ardent defender of the terroirs, he works on small volumes and manages his vinification in a natural and progressive way. This work was rewarded by the Gault & Millau wine guide in 1996 when he was awarded the prize for best winemaker of the year!
"It may seem obvious to some, but many winemakers neglect it all the same: "Everything happens in the vineyard". Only a high quality grape allows you to dream of a great wine. I am an ardent defender of the soils, and all the philosophy of the Bott-Geyl Domain resides in the will to go towards the highest degree of expression of these same soils"
The domain, from now on led in organic farming since 2000 and in biodynamy since 2002, possesses 6 Grands-crus, 4 Lieux-dits and 1 historical Clos.
Constantly in search of authenticity and excellence, Jean-Christophe elaborates wines that relate to the notion of "Grand vin d'Alsace".
"Being a winegrower is the art of bringing together tradition and modernity, the perpetuation of the vineyard and ecological concerns. It is this spirit that drives me and my wines.
My favorite? Certainly the Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg! We strive to sublimate the natural qualities and particularities of each of our terroirs, and to conduct our winemaking so that these specificities are reflected in the wines we make. This search for authenticity does not follow any fashion effect, it is part of my philosophy."