Clos Saint Landelin

The Clos Saint Landelin

The Muré family’s precious monopole Clos Saint Landelin lies just to the south of the town of Rouffach. This property, once owned by the bishopric of Strasbourg, was a gift by Bishop Heddon to the Saint Landelin convent in the 8th century. The deed of covenant refers to “vineyards that are among the best in Alsace”. Alfred, grandfather of René Muré, acquired the domaine in 1935 and sold the wines in bottles. It is now in the sole ownership of the Muré family. Elegant and complex, the wines from this outstanding vineyard develop fine fruit aromas and are extremely long-lived. Depending on the year, Clos Saint Landelin also produces top-quality Vendanges Tardives (late harvest) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (botrytis-affected) wines.


History of the Clos Saint Landelin

In the 7th century, Dagobert II, who ruled in Austrasia, presented the Bishops of Strasbourg with the Rouffach region, known then as the Obermundat. This vast estate remained the property of the bishops until the French Revolution. Landelin, an Irish monk, came to evangelize Baden (Germany) during the 7th century. He was murdered around 640. According to legends, four springs emerged at the exact place of the crime. A series of miracles supposedly took place on the martyr’s tomb. These events lead several monks to settle nearby. A first monastery was erected around 725

Heddon (734-776), Bishop of Strasbourg, reorganized the monastery of Mönchzell “Cella monachorum” which had been founded in honour of Saint Landelin on the right bank of the Rhine. He created a second, bigger monastery a few miles from the original one. In memory of his benefactor, the monastery was named Ettenheimmünster (from the Latin “Ettonis monasterium” meaning Heddon’s monastery). The monastery was granted property in Rouffach, including vineyards. This estate was called the “praedium sancti Landelini”, the bien Saint Landelin or Saint Landelin property.

The book “Liber Vitae”, written between 1250 and 1372, which contains donations and bequests made to the Church of Notre-Dame de Rouffach, mentions vineyards located near plots of “Bien de Saint Landelin” and close to the Saint Landelin fountain.

According to the historical cadastral plans of Rouffach, the Saint Landelin fountain is located in the lieu-dit Hauhl, now known as Clos Saint Landelin. It still flows at the foot of the vineyard. In 1409, the Berler family from Rouffach was granted a emphyteutic lease on the “Bien Saint Landelin”, which remained an ecclesiastical property until the French Revolution.

After 1871, Alsace was integrated into the German Empire. Dr. Jur. Wolfang Weber, one of the pioneers of the renewal of Alsatian viticulture, bought the plots of land surrounding the Saint Landelin fountain one by one. He brought the vines and the dry stone walls back to full working order. 


In 1918, the estate was put under court receivership by the French administration. It was then acquired in 1923 by Alfred Erny, an entrepreneur from Soultzmatt. He marketed the bottled wine under the name Clos Saint Landelin. He was able to continue the work of Dr Weber for seven years.

In 1930, he sold the Clos Saint Landelin vineyard with the stocks in barrels and bottles to the Union Vinicole du Haut-Rhin in Colmar. This company only owned the Clos Saint Landelin for 5 years. In 1935, Alfred Muré, Véronique and Thomas’ great grandfather, bought the estate. The Murés are a family of winegrowers whose origins go back to 1650 in Westhalten.