As our only French wine, it had to be something special. If the story about a Middle Ages King, Good King Dagobert putting his trousers on inside out and back to front because of good Marlenhiem wine, we must be on to a winner.
Our story is a little less rumbustious. Ian was holidaying in the Alsace and stopped to stay in Marlenhiem and enjoyed a bottle of Fritsch wine at a hotel, to be told that the producer was just down the road. So the next day he popped down the road bought a few boxes. A few years later we drove a van out to Fritsch and loaded a pallet of wine on board. Our trousers stayed on the right way round!
Founded in the 1950’s by Jerome Fritsch to make wine from the local hills. In 1982 his son Roman took over and with support of the village they got the Steinklotz (meaning bloc of stone, because of the very stony subsoil in the vineyard) recognised as a Gran Cru. Roman was also experimenting with a vine growing system called Lyre, that allows more light and air around the vines, unfortunately this system of training vines is not recognised in the Grand Cru, though the “Cuvee du Banni” is the most sort after of Fritsch wines.