La Grange de l’Oncle Charles

La Grange de l’Oncle Charles, Ostheim, Alsace

When you enter the farm of Jérome Francois, you get a warm welcome by both him, his partner in crime Morgane and their animals. Horses for the work in the vineyards, sheep too fertilize the soils and dogs to keep you happy. Except the friendly animals they also got stunningly beautiful vineyards that they tend to with great care.

Jérome started his history in wine as a sommelier in restaurants, but he realised fast that it was a bit too snobby for him. So, he quit and started to work as a carpenter for some years until the longing for wine was too big. This was in 2014 and luckily he didn’t have to suffer too much from abstinence because he had the opportunity to buy 0,5 ha from his uncle just outside Ostheim, northern Alsace. This vineyard was planted by his grandfather and it was an immense joy for Jérome to be able to continue the family tradition.
The first vintage of a 1000 bottles were made and production has since then increased a little every year. He started to work biodynamically straight away, to take care of the soils and microclimats. This has always been in focus.

A few years in Morgane joined and all the work is now carried out together by the duo.
Today they manage 7 ha and has 2 employees.
Except their Domaine wines they also buy grapes to be able to have security and cover up volumes in bad years. They call the négoc wines for ‘Vins des Copains’ and the estate wines for ‘Vins de Terroirs’.

Jérome and Morgane both love to drink wines that gives back energy and that’s something you can really feel in their almost electric wines packed with fruit.

Vins des Copains:

2020 Parcours

Soil: Clay and limetone(from various friends around Ostheim)
Grape: Muscat, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Auxerrois, Riesling.
Appellation: AOC Alsace
Age of Vines: planted 2000
Yields: 60 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press then fermented and aged in old barriques and stainless steel tanks. Blended and bottled in March 2021.


2020 Orange
                                                                                                
Soil
: Clay and limestone(from Fred Hertz, Eguisheim)
Grape: Gewürtztraminer
Appellation: AOC Alsace
Age of Vines: planted 2000
Yields: 60 hl/ha

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 3 weeks before pressing. After the press the wine was aged in stainless steel and bottling took place in March 2021. No sulphur added.


2020 Rouge

Soil: Clay and limestone (from Fred Hertz and Denis Hebinger, Eguisheim)
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Alsace
Age of Vines: planted 2000
Yields: 60 hl/ha

Vinification: Whole bunch fermentation for 3 weeks before pressing. Ageing took place in stainless steel and old barriques. Bottled in March 2021. No sulphur added


‘Vins de Terroirs’:

2020 Mille lieux      
                                                                         
Soil
: Granit, limestone and grès (Keyserberg, Ammerswhir, Zellenberg, Rodern and Ribeauville)
Grape: Riesling, Sylvaner, Muscat, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewürtztraminer
Appellation: AOC Alsace 
Age of Vines: planted 1960-1980
Yields: 35 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press then fermented and aged in old oak barriques. Bottled in September 2021. No sulphur added.


2020 Le Village des Amoureux     
                                                                                                 
Soil
: Granit (Ammerswihr)
Grape: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Muscat
Appellation: AOC Alsace
Age of Vines: planted 1960-1980
Yields: 25 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press then fermented and aged in old oak barriques. Bottled in September 2021. No sulphur added.


2019 Le Chemin d’à Côte   
                                                                                    
Soil
: Granit (Cru Sittweg, north facing in the north of Kaefferkopf)
Grape: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc
Appellation: AOC Alsace
Age of Vines: planted 1975
Yields: 20 hl/ha 

Vinification Direct press then fermented and aged in old oak barriques. Bottled in September 2021. No sulphur added