2023 Tête de Cuvée
Philippe & Frederick Blanck of Domaine Paul Blanck
Domaine Paul BLANCK
A dynasty of winemakers: In 1610, Hans Blanck, the family’s Austrian ancestor, acquired the first vines in Alsace. In 1846, Jacques Philippe Blanck obtained a medal for his work as a winemaker. In 1927, Paul Blanck and a handful of other winemakers were recognized as the driving force behind turning the site of Schlossberg into a pilot site for a future grand cru. In 1975, with the creation of the grand cru appellation in Alsace, Bernard and Marcel Blanck, the sons, played a determining role. Schlossberg was the first to be assigned this appellation. In 1985 came a new generation of winemakers: Frédéric and Philippe. Their main preoccupation is respecting the vines and the soil upon which they are planted. the Domain has increased its surface area from 24 to 36 hectares with five grands crus accounting for more than a third.
Family spirit – This is a reality for the Blancks. The proof is that two generations of Blancks work hand in hand. The sons, Frédéric and Philippe work incessantly under the supervision of Bernard and Marcel to improve their wines and move in new directions.
“Our main objective is to create authentic wines of pure pleasure for food and wine-lovers throughout the world.”
Frédéric and Philippe Blanck (Owners)
Dating to the 17th century, Domain Paul Blanck represents an exemplary synthesis of history and tradition flawlessly combined with innovation. The net result of which in an invitingly diverse range of stylish and lively wines. The Blanck are Environment Conscious. The 28 hectares of the Domain are farmed with traditional cupper and sulphur treatment, and no fertilizer. All the vineyards are ploughed several times in the year. Indigene grass is growing to develop the biodiversity of the fauna.
The thirty different wines from the property can be separated into three main types:
- Fruit-driven wines which enable the wine-lover to discover the aromatic finesse of the Alsace grape varieties, The Classic.
- “Mineral” wines with stony characteristics from the single vineyard’s wines and Grand Crus which express the plenitude of limestone, the sweetness and firmness of clay, the harmony of manganese and the racy bouquet and power coming from silica, The Terroir.
- Nectars wines: Late Harvested and “Grains Nobles” wines, issued from over ripe grapes which are mysterious, opulent, complex and exuberant.
Our wines come only from our own vineyards’ grapes and are made in our own cellars.
Since they took over from their elders in 1984, they have taken the time to shape, refine, cultivate the link with the vine, with wine, in relation with wine lovers and enthusiasts from the five continents. They create an exclusive relationship between each terroir, the vintage that will emanate from it, from the vine to the cellar and up to the person who will taste it.
A family with centuries-old roots, the Blancks are today players in modernity and share the mysteries of their terroir wines, produced like interior mirrors offered to each taster in search of an aromatic peak.
Past Tête de Cuvée Honorees
Jason Moore of Modus Operandi Cellars (2022) Donald Olson, M.D. of Torii Mor Winery (2020 & 2021)
Lisa Peju of Peju Province Winery (2019)
Justin Baldwin of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery (2018)
Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery (2017)
Kevin Morrisey of Ehlers Estate (2016)
Regina Martinelli of Martinelli Winery (2015)
The Schweiger Family of Schweiger Vineyards (2014)
John Bookwalter of J. Bookwalter Wines (2013)
David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars (2012)
Bob Egelhoff of Egelhoff Wines (2011)
Alfred Tesseron of Château Pontet-Canet (2010)
Jean-Michel Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages (2009)
Beth Nickel Proprietress of Far Niente, Nickel and Nickel and Dolce (2008)
Ken Wright of Ken Wright Cellars (2007)
Ambassador Kathryn Hall of HALL, Napa Valley (2006)
Bob Foley of Pride Mountain Vineyards (2005)
Benoit Gouez of Dom Perignon (2004)
Delia Viader of Viader Winery & Vineyards (2003)
The Peter Mondavi Family of Charles Krug Winery (2002)
Daryl and Lisa Groom of Geyser Peak Winery (2001)
Garen and Shari Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard (2000)
Anthony J. LaBarba of Dallas (1999)
Dan and Margaret Duckhorn of Duckhorn Vineyards (1998)
The Robert Drouhin Family (1997)
Zelma Long of Simi Winery (1996)
Madame May-Eliane de Lencquesaing of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtese de Lalande (1995)
Marchese Piero Antinori (1994)
The Robert Mondavi Family (1993)