For a friends and family get-together in Alsace, The “Riesling-region” of France, we had a reservation at Antje and Patrick Schneider‘s Wistub du Sommelier in the pittoresque village Bergeim. I stumbled upon this restaurant when looking for an interesting place in the surroundings of Ribeauvillé and coincidently found a recommendation on someone’s facebook status, I think it was Panos Kakaviatos who was posting about a meal there – again, the blogosphere proves to be very useful.
We arrived in the region in the afternoon of a beautiful September day, and after checking in to our hotel, we were all set for a joyful dinner at the Wistub.
The interior is an aesthetic balancing act of traditional Alsace Wistub furniture within newly renovated rooms featuring modern lightning. With that much love to detail and in particular for wine – chalkboard menus and empty trophy bottles are to be seen – someone like me instantly feels at ease.
The food menu contains a panoply of homemade Alsacian specialties, mixed with a couple of French classics. A 5 course evening menu comes at a friendly 42 Euro. The wine list is exhaustive in the best that Alsace has to offer, with many bottles that are matured to perfection.
2008 Altenberg de Bergbieten, Domaine Roland Schmitt – A good first wine. Lean, mineral with a steel-like freshness.
2004 Geisberg Riesling, Domaine André Kientzler, Ribeauvillé – Superb first “serious” bottle, from a domaine that honestly I haven’t heard much about before. The nose develops intense petrol, in a way I haven’t had it in German Rieslings before, reminding the Diesel pump of a gas station. Loving it! On the palate this one shows opulent with a hint of residual sugar. An interesting discovery and I’ll have this estate on the back of my mind from now on (blogpost from Wine Terroirs here)
2004 Schoffweg Riesling, Domaine Marcel Deiss - Encounters with Deiss wines are always to remember. The coplantation method (a post about an estate visit is about to come) often makes these wine intriguing in taste. Intensity and balance are somehow always given. This one had a smoky and seductive nose. On the palate I felt an analogy to the Greek natural gum Mastixa.
2004 Grand Cru Hengst, Domaine Josmeyer – another vineyard of repuation, another famous winemaker. Unfortunately I didn’t memorize my appreciation of it.
2008 Cuvée Ste Catherine, Domaine Weinbach – This one was supposed to be our bone dry reparatory wine. And it was indeed bone dry. Way too much for my taste actually. A Riesling with electric acidity (in a high voltage kind of way).
A great meal between rustic and refined, with great wines to match. Service by Antje Schneider was very dedicated – she’ll activate every last cell of her brain to find you the perfect wine match and is quite good at it. A wine restaurant to remember!
Wistub Du Sommelier
Antje et Patrick Schneider
Tél : +33(0)3 89 73 69 99
Fax : +33(0)3 89 73 36 58
Closed on wednesdays and thursdays
PS: If you’re looking for hotel accomodation, a superb recommendation is Hotel Du Haut-Koenigsbourg in Thannenkirch, just a 10 min cab ride away.
Steve and Regine John-Fetsch are running this lovely hotel on their own (they literally do everything on their own) and the rooms are just newly renovated, each one with a different beautiful decor and all with great comfort. Prices are extremly welcoming as well.
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