We first heard of Yannick Meckert through Basti Wolber, who shares a small Pinot Noir vineyard with Yannick in the ‘haute côte’ in Burgundy.
Yannick brims with curiosity, and has an energy which overflows into his wines. With a Burgundian mother and Alsatian father, he grew up between two winemaking regions. After studying viticulture and oenology in Beaune and Montpellier, he worked for a short stint on his parents’ small estate but, put off by conventional methods, he embarked on a trip that would take him around the world.
During his time abroad, Yannick found mentors such as Philippe Pacalet, Patrick Meyer, Claus Preisinger, Charles Dufour and Christian Binner, and returned with ample knowledge to launch his own project, with the first vintage released in 2020.
The winery is located in the village of Rosheim, with 3,5 hectares of vines between Obernai and Heiligenstein. The soil is mostly clay and limestone, planted with older vines of around 50 years and some young Riesling. As well as growing a range of his own grapes (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Silvaner, Riesling and Gewürztraminer), Yannick is also working with négoce grapes which enable him to benefit from beautiful terroir consisting of schist, sandstone and volcanic soil.
In his own vineyards, Yannick embraces complete ‘enherbement’ – letting grass cover the soil between the vines entirely to stabilise and nurture it. In the cellar, he is inspired by Jules Chauvet, working with whole bunches and maceration for many of his wines, trampling grapes underfoot. He never adds sulphur at any stage of winemaking or at bottling.
We’re delighted to be working with Yannick. 2022 sees the release of his second vintage, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for this exciting vigneron.