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  Revue du Vin de France classification  



The second star marks the prestige of the Landmann estate: it has become one of the best wineries in France.


The appreciation criteria of Bettane :

Classification details concerning the estate, the georegion or terroir and the wines:

** = producer of high quality wines in the best growths areas in France.

T = good quality georegion or terroir

RR = regular quality

PP = powerful wines

Seppi Landmann is one of the great personalities of French viticulture: His energetic individuality, combined with a sense of fraternity and a joie de vivre, are to be found, in some form or other, in the wide range of wines which he offers wine lovers. His Alsace cremants are out of the ordinary, with bruts de brut, young or old, which have a unique vivacity and naturalness. His sylvaners from Vallée Noble (Noble Valley) and Zinnkoepflé (the famous Cuvée Z), have a complexity and roundness of a quality matched only in Franconie, on the other side of the border. After tasting it, it is impossible to drink any other pinot blanc at all!

However, on the unique grand cru terroir of Soultzmatt, it is of course gewurtztraminer and, to a slightly lesser degree, pinot noir which triumph. The raw material is remarkably rich, even for southern Alsace, and the manner of wine making seeks to obtain not superficial aromas, but those from the very heart of the grape, which holds the character of the soil. In all of the Zinnkoepflé wines, one therefore finds the inimitable aroma of honey from the flowers of the Vosges, along with hints of unmatured Munster, to a far greater degree than the usual aromas of these varietals. With age comes a deeper bouquet and the appearance of very noble hints of fern, lichen and undergrowth, which result in a remarkable compatibility with all forest-style dishes based around mushrooms.  We must admit to being less convinced by the balance of the pinots noirs and rieslings, apart from the older grand cru riesling vintages which become stunningly similar to the gewurtztraminers after twelve to fifteen years, providing additional proof of the relative importance of the soil as opposed to the varietal.


The estate in figures:

Red: 0.50 hectare of pinot noir

White: 8 hectares. Pinot blanc 30 %, Gewürztraminer 22 %, Riesling 22 %, Sylvaner 11 %, Pinot gris 11 %, Muscat 4%.

Total production: 65,000 bottles annual average








Pinot gris GC Zinnkoepflé 2000



Pinot gris GC Zinnkoepflé 2002



Riesling GC Zinnkoepflé SGN 1998



Sylvaner Vin de Glace 2001



Pinot gris GC Zinnkoepflé 2005



Gewurztraminer GC Zinnkoepflé 2005



Riesling GC Zinnkoepflé  2005



Riesling GC Zinnkoepflé  VT 1998



Sylvaner Hors-la-Loi 2001



Gewurztraminer GC Zinnkoepflé 2001



Riesling GC Zinnkoepflé  2002



Gewurztraminer GC Zinnkoepflé SGN 2001



Pinot gris Bollenberg 2003



Riesling Vallée Noble 2000



Sylvaner Inédit 2005



Gewurztraminer Vallée Noble 2005



Sylvaner Vallée Noble 2005




  The great classified growths of Alsace 

Serge Dubs, the wine waiter in L’Auberge de l’Ill in Illhaeusern who was the world best head wine waiter in 1989 and Denis Ritzenthaler, a journalist with the "Alsace" (newspaper), has just published a book (November 2002) called "Les Grands Crus d'Alsace" (The Great Classified Growths of Alsace). It is remarkably well documented and its synthesis is destined to become one of the major works of reference. It has a complete description (location and and site, history, geology, micro-climate, grape varieties…) and is easy to follow for the 50 classified growths.

Il établit également une hiérarchie en désignant pour chacun d'eux les vins typiques et exemplaires et en décrivant précisément celui qui apparaît, après une dégustation à l'aveugle en présence des producteurs, comme la référence du Grand Cru considéré. Pour le Zinnkoepflé, Serge Dubs a distingué Seppi Landmann. Voici son analyse d'un vin auquel il a accordé l'excellente note de 97/100 !

The Riesling Zinnkoepflé Great Classified Growth 1999

Still young it has a remarkable concentration and intensity. The reflections are gold and green and brilliant. The tears are wide and fatty. The bouquet is so expressive that it opens out immediately and spontaneously! Remarkable balanced, this wine has just that amount of freshness and vivacity, that the concentration and intensity give off an aromatic composition with floral aromas: periwinkle, honeysuckle, orange blossom and fennel. You can smell its fruitiness, peach, honeysuckle, bush peach, fresh almonds, pear, strawberry and pineapple juice to quote some of the aromas that come forth at the very beginning.

With age, and it will still maintain its elegance and develop more complex aromas. A perfect balance on the palate at the very outset, this dry fresh wine awakens the taste buds with the same spontaneity as for the bouquet. Its structure, full body, fat contents and flesh harmonize with the acidity to give an explosion at the end of the pallet of a wine with great class and character without any concessions, but with nobility and aristocratic tradition. Can be drunk immediately to take advantage of its youth, but has exceptional cellaring qualities.

Food and wine match:

Cabbage soup and lobster rissoles,

The house’s gourmet bread with fresh goat cheese.

Jean-Marc Kieny 

(Cook at La Poste Kieny restaurant, Riedisheim, France)