Marcel Deiss Riesling Alsace France 2005

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90 pts -Robert ParkerORGANIC & BIODYNAMICGiven the tiny size of his 2005 crop and the synergistic potential in a marr...

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Winemaker's Notes:

90 pts -Robert ParkerORGANIC & BIODYNAMICGiven the tiny size of his 2005 crop and the synergistic potential in a marriage of chalk and granite terroirs, Deiss blended the fruits of Beblenheim and St.-Hippolyte for an excellent value 2005 Riesling. This displays pure aromas of apple, plum, grapefruit rind, and cassis, a refined, delicate palate that shows the effects of low (11.5%) alcohol and very gentle pressing, and a lip-smacking, juicy, refined, grapefruit-, apple-, and honey-dominated finish. There is a hint of sweetness, but it is so well integrated that the wine can pass for “dry.” Jean-Michel Deiss has been growing some of the finest wines in Alsace for more than a quarter century and with them – as well as with his passionately articulate discourse – capturing the imagination and affection of wine enthusiasts world-wide. But the bearded sage of Bergheim is never satisfied, and beginning in the late eighties, he began to completely re-think his wines and means of truly embracing his terroirs. The result was new acquisitions and plantings to achieve (beginning a decade ago) single-vineyard, field-blend bottling the likes of which had scarcely been seen in Alsace for the better part of a century, and to certain of which the governing authorities have recently been persuaded (perhaps as much by Deiss’ metaphysics of terroir as by the profundity of his vinous results) to grant the status “Grand Cru.” Deiss’ special “vins de terroir” are released only after he judges them to have had sufficient time in bottle to being to show their personalities (with the 2005s only appearing in 2007).

90 pts -Robert ParkerORGANIC & BIODYNAMICGiven the tiny size of his 2005 crop and the synergistic potential in a marriage of chalk and granite terroirs, Deiss blended the fruits of Beblenheim and St.-Hippolyte for an excellent value 2005 Riesling. This displays pure aromas of apple, plum, grapefruit rind, and cassis, a refined, delicate palate that shows the effects of low (11.5%) alcohol and very gentle pressing, and a lip-smacking, juicy, refined, grapefruit-, apple-, and honey-dominated finish. There is a hint of sweetness, but it is so well integrated that the wine can pass for “dry.” Jean-Michel Deiss has been growing some of the finest wines in Alsace for more than a quarter century and with them – as well as with his passionately articulate discourse – capturing the imagination and affection of wine enthusiasts world-wide. But the bearded sage of Bergheim is never satisfied, and beginning in the late eighties, he began to completely re-think his wines and means of truly embracing his terroirs. The result was new acquisitions and plantings to achieve (beginning a decade ago) single-vineyard, field-blend bottling the likes of which had scarcely been seen in Alsace for the better part of a century, and to certain of which the governing authorities have recently been persuaded (perhaps as much by Deiss’ metaphysics of terroir as by the profundity of his vinous results) to grant the status “Grand Cru.” Deiss’ special “vins de terroir” are released only after he judges them to have had sufficient time in bottle to being to show their personalities (with the 2005s only appearing in 2007).

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