The Riesling Cru d’Alsace Grafenreben Domaine Bott-Geyl is from a vineyard on a slope of clay and chalk that faces southeast.
Jean-Christophe Bott is heir to the family tradition dating back to 1795, when his ancestor, Jean-Martin Geyl tended his vines and made his wine. Jean-Christophe Bott has been responsible for Domaine Bott-Geyl since 1993 and he converted the vineyards to be organic in 2000 and then biodynamic in 2002. In the vineyards he concentrates on low yields and in the cellars he oversees the vinification in the most natural and minimalist manner. The whole art is to bring together tradition and modernity, to perpetuate the vignoble for posterity and to protect its ecology. Today the Domaine extends to 15 hectares of vines including 6 Grands Crus and 4 Lieux-dits. This search for the authentic does not follow fashion: Jean-Christophe Bott has drawn directly from the riches of viticulture in the past, from omnipresent nature and from his experiences at wine producers in France, Germany and the New World. It is his way of bringing together the history of the men and the women of the Bott family of Ribeauvillé and the Geyl family of Beblenheim, who trod the ground of the chai and of the vineyards over the generations. The Domaine consists of 80 parcelles spread out over 7 communes from Ribeauvillé to Kientzheim in the heart of the region named “the Pearls of Vignoble”.