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 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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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

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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