Located at the bottom of Wolxheim’s amphitheatre shaped hillsides, the vines sit on clay and gravels eroded from the surrounding hills of sandstone and limestone. The wine is named after a chapel located in the heart of the vines that predates Christianity and was built by the Romans. Aged in traditional foudres on its lees, this wine is extremely digeste, slightly oxidative which gives the wine an impressive nose and beautiful richness on the palate. All in good balance of course. This is a wine to be reckoned with, which blew every one away at the first tasting. This style suits Sylvaner, especially with the backbone of minerality and salinity that are typical for the Lissner wines.
We met Théo Schloegel of Lissner at an obscure tasting in Ghent. His wines were like a strike a lightning, a moment of clarity during a scene of dullness. Wines with expressive salinity, showing the Alsatian Wolxheim terroir. An inspiring visit followed.
The Lissner domaine spans 9 hectares in the appellation Wolxheim, soon a completely organic appellation, pretty cool. The winemakers at this domaine, founded in 1848, are father Bruno and son Theó Schloegel.
Bruno, an agronomist and scientist took over his uncle's Clement Lissner's domaine in 2001 and was soon joined by his son Théo. They work their vineyards organic, but that's really just a small part of their story. Inspired (as are we) by Fukuoka's book 'The one straw revolution' they treat their vineyards differently from what we have seen anywhere else
Lissner - Sylvaner Dionyssiuskapelle 2019