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JUSTIN BOXLER

Listening to the terroir

At the domain Justin BOXLER , the new generation has adopted the philosophy of the old ones. Observe and Respect the Terroir . This wine-growing practice continues in the cellar and makes it possible to sublimate the Alsace grape varieties. A touch of modernity is added to traditional know-how. The conversion process “ORGANIC” company in 2019 thus takes on its full meaning and brings more authenticity to Alsace wines .

 

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LE DOMAINE

Like most of Alsace's wineries, the Justin Boxler estate has carried on the tradition from father to son since the Renaissance ...

Historic cellar, Alsace wines domain Justin BOXLER
Dégustation cave du domaine Justin Boxler.

WINE TRADITION AND CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Like most wine-growing establishments in Alsace, the domain Justin Boxler continues the tradition from father to son since the Renaissance. But the most significant developments have taken place from 1957 to the present day. After the first bottling initiated by Justin boxler , the transformation of the company both technically and commercially was initiated by Anne and Pierre , his children settled in EARL: extension of the domain, new cellar, new cultivation practices, new cellar, new visual identity. This modernization drive is being continued by the rising generation, the first act of which was to implement the conversion “ Organic Of the domain in 2019. So l the vintage 2022 will be the first certified vintage “ AB ” (Organic Agriculture).

COMMUNAL BANS AND PLOTS

The wine-growing area of Justin Boxler estate is 12 hectares. They are spread over 5 municipal bans: Katzenthal (5 ha), Niedermorschwihr (4.70 ha), Ingersheim (1 ha), Turckheim (0.80 ha) and finally Ammerschwihr (0.60 ha) and are divided into 80 different plots.
The wine-growing ban of Niedermorschwihr being one of the smallest bans in Alsace, a large part of the cultivated areas are located in Katzenthal, a village bordering Niedermorschwihr and the historic cradle of a branch of the Boxler family. However, the plots are never more than 8 km from the property.

LE TERROIR

At the Justin Boxler estate, the soils are mainly granite (Brand, Sommerberg, Winheck-Schlossberg), limestone (Florimont, Pfoeller), clay and marnogresous ...

Vue sur le Grand Cru Brand, terroir granitique situé à Turckheim
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Limestone cave of the Grand Cru Florimont
Arène granitique du Grand Cru Sommerberg situé à Niedermorschwihr
Encépagement du domaine : Riesling majoritaire et Pinot Gris.

GEOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

The diversity of Alsatian wine-growing soils, rich in 13 geological varieties, makes up a mosaic of terroirs conducive to the development of wines with a strong personality. At the Justin Boxler estate, the soils are essentially granite (Brand, Sommerberg, Wineck-Schlossberg), limestone (Florimont, Pfoeller), clay and marnogresous.

CARE, PRUNING AND RESPECT FOR THE VINE

Permanent maintenance and judicious care of the soil are fundamental and reveal the specific qualities and purity of a particular terroir: plowing, mowing, picking and natural grassing up to the feet of the vines, were reinstated very early on at the estate. But it is mainly through an appropriate size, here very short, that the winegrower can extract the best from his plots.

 

These, generally planted in the 1950s, benefit from the size known as “ Guyot-Poussard »Which makes it possible to sublimate the harvests, especially in old vines. By favoring small yields, the wines reflect even better the originality of each terroir.
Each year all the plots are supplemented by a contribution of young plans: this is the complantation . Diseases like Esca and climatic hazards weaken the vineyard. To prevent soil dieback, the dead plants are pulled up in the fall and renewed the following spring.

ORGANIC CONVERSION

After having followed the specifications of Organic Agriculture for a decade, the Justin Boxler estate has undertaken an official “AB” conversion process in 2019.

Guyot-Poussard cuting adapted to our vineyard for 5 years.
Harvests in the Grand Cru Sommerberg hillside
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ORGANIC SPIRIT

The use of weedkillers, of insecticides and chemical fertilizers was abandoned in 2009. In 2003, only contact products were used in order to better protect the soil and preserve the fauna that coexists with the vine. After having followed the specifications of Organic Agriculture for a decade, the estate undertook an official “AB” conversion process in 2019.

ORGANIC AND YIELDS

By following “BIO”cultivation practices, yields tend to decrease, which produces more concentrated juices and gives the wines richness and complexity. In 2019, the appellation yields “ AOC Alsace »Were 57hl / ha against 80 hl / ha authorized by the specifications. As to “ Grands Crus ”, They approached a yield of 40hl / ha against 55hl / ha authorized.

ORGANIC AND VINIFICATION

The practice of ORGANIC does not only apply to the vines but also to the cellar. Particular attention is paid to the sparing use of sulfur (So2) as well as that of inputs oenological . At the estate, only a minimum of sulfur necessary for the protection of the wine is added and the endogenous elements contained in the grapes are favored rather than using products from the chemical industry.

Wines

More than half of the vineyard of the Justin Boxler estate is devoted to so-called noble grape varieties: Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Riesling ...

The terroir of Grand Cru Sommerberg
Fall color in the Justin Boxler vineyard
Riesling bay from Domaine Justin Boxler

GRAPES

More than half of the grape variety Justin Boxler estate is devoted to so-called noble grape varieties: Gewurztraminer , Muscat , Pinot Gris and Riesling . But it is the Riesling that prevails on the estate with its 4 hectares in operation while the Pinot Noir is expected to develop on the surface in the future.

TECHNICAL ITINERARY

All the harvest is done manually. The press time varies according to the grape varieties in order to allow the juices to be extracted as delicately as possible and to gain finesse and complexity.
After settling when cold, the juices are entered into tuns. The alcoholic fermentation starts under the impetus of indigenous yeasts present in grapes. After fermentation, the wines are aged in these same tuns until they are bottled at the property nine to twelve months later.

THE WINE RANGE

TRADITION : highlighting of the grape variety. The wines are fresh, ready to drink within 3 years after bottling.
SELECTED VINES : honoring the terroir. This is particularly the case with Place called Pfoeller , terroir predominantly limestone. These wines can be kept in the cellar for more than 5 years.
GRAND CRU : plot and identity vinification for each terroir. With four Grands Crus and three different grape varieties, the estate offers seven vintages with a cellaring capacity of 10 years or more.
EXCEPTION : extended maturity on the vine. These wines for long aging are referred to as ” Late Harvests” or ” Selection of Noble Grains “.

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Maison Vins d'Alsace Justin Boxler
Justin BOXLER vineyard
Tasting cellar domain Justin BOXLER

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ADDRESS

ALSACE WINES JUSTIN BOXLER
15-16 rue des Trois Épis
68230 Niedermorschwihr
+33/389.271.107
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WINE TOURISME

Our cellar is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily to welcome you. By reservation on Sundays in January, February and March.

If you want to make a getaway in Alsace, we suggest you stay in the family hotel, an old farmhouse which has preserved the traditional atmosphere of the region.

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