Alsace, France's most easterly and one of it's most northernly wine regions, shares a rich history and lots in common with its German neighbours. Also known for their iconic fluted bottles and exceptional quality, bone dry, aromatic whites, the four Alsace noble varieties domiante; Riesling, Gewurtraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris (with Pinot Noir and Cremants on the up). The region is a concentrated 15,500ha narrow strip of vineyards at an altitude of 150–450 m and benefits from a semi-continental climate, being mostly sunny, hot and dry. With the Vosges mountains to the west and the Rhine river to the east the region gets all the sun and rain it needs for the slow ripening of its grapes.
It was in 2007 that Nicolas took over the generations-old family farm along with some 7hectares of vines and 60+ calves. Working the vines for 9 years just as his parents had, but it was in 2016 that he decided to make his first vintage without the addition of sulphur; and so the cuvées Arthur and Lancelot were born. In September 2017 he started on the long road to convert the vines to certified organic viticulture as well as eliminating sulphur during the winemaking process whatsoever. His vines are split between 5ha Melon de Bourgogne, 0.7 Folle Blanche, 0.5 Pinot Noir and 0.5ha od a local variety Egiodola on a variety of expressive Westerly Loire soils: Amphibolite, Leptynite and Gneiss and micashiste. The labels, which look like something out of Games of Thrones, pay homage to the Celtic heritage of Nantes.