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Domaine Marcel Deiss et Fils Gruenspiel 2001

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This Bergheim terroir forms an amphitheatre that opens to the South, overlooking the great wines of Ribeauvillé, and is one of the best in the area. Its poetical name refers to the word for draughtboard and expresses the heterogeneous nature of the topsoil, which is made up of torrent deposits of sandstone, granite and sometimes gneiss, spread over a deep base of Keuper lake marl. These dominant characteristics and companion planting (Riesling, Pinot, Gewurztraminer) give the wine phenomenal length, a slightly tannic structure and power that is very lightly rounded by the hot minerality that is so specific to rolled gravel – an iron hand in a velvet glove. Complex nose of blood oranges, liquorice and spices. It is spherical and very tight in the mouth, powerful yet streamlined, with a harmony of all the flavours, which remain inseparable and carefully interlocked by the Terroir. The great keeping potential of this wine does not mean it will not appeal if served young, providing it is allowed to decant so as to be revealed to the senses. Your could for instance serve it with a lamb tagine with oranges, snail pie with parsley butter or of course a fine assortment of cheeses.

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Domaine Marcel Deiss:
The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel DEISS to seek to express in each wine the three factors that make a wine complete : the grape variety, the vintage and the terroir. The greater the wine, the more the gustatory characteristics linked to the soil take the place of the typicity linked to grape variety or vintage. When speaking of terroir, the ... Read more
The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel DEISS to seek to express in each wine the three factors that make a wine complete : the grape variety, the vintage and the terroir. The greater the wine, the more the gustatory characteristics linked to the soil take the place of the typicity linked to grape variety or vintage. When speaking of terroir, the following have to be taken into consideration : geology, pedology, climate and microclimate, technical exploitation of the character of the soil, microfauna and flor, and the traditional methods and techniques used to produce wines A fascination with medieval history and a desire to produce world class Vins de Garde were the impetus behind Jean-Michel DEISS quest for excellence from his Alsace vineyards. His commitment and personal integrity have led him to the conclusion that, as in most other parts of France, it is the dedicated nurturing of vines in specific terroirs which produces wines of unique distinction, originality, and authenticity. His efforts have focused on producing complexity and concentration, and the results fall into three broad categories: Vins de Fruits :varietally labelled wines from a single designated commune or village Vins de terroirs : field blends of varietals designated, indeed dominated, by their terroir and site and soil specificity, which he refers to as his Premiers Crus and the AOC-recognized Grands Crus Vins de temps : and classic late harvest wines with the Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles designations Read less

This Bergheim terroir forms an amphitheatre that opens to the South, overlooking the great wines of Ribeauvillé, and is one of the best in the area. Its poetical name refers to the word for draughtboard and expresses the heterogeneous nature of the topsoil, which is made up of torrent deposits of sandstone, granite and sometimes gneiss, spread over a deep base of Keuper lake marl. These dominant characteristics and companion planting (Riesling, Pinot, Gewurztraminer) give the wine phenomenal length, a slightly tannic structure and power that is very lightly rounded by the hot minerality that is so specific to rolled gravel – an iron hand in a velvet glove. Complex nose of blood oranges, liquorice and spices. It is spherical and very tight in the mouth, powerful yet streamlined, with a harmony of all the flavours, which remain inseparable and carefully interlocked by the Terroir. The great keeping potential of this wine does not mean it will not appeal if served young, providing it is allowed to decant so as to be revealed to the senses. Your could for instance serve it with a lamb tagine with oranges, snail pie with parsley butter or of course a fine assortment of cheeses.

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