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Riesling, Sylvaner & Pinot Blanc
Alsace, France

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Located in Bergheim next to Ribeauvillé, in the heart of the Grand Cru area, the Marcel Deiss estate was founded in 1947. The Deiss family is a long line of winegrowers, blacksmiths and bell founders who settled in Alsace after the Thirty Years War and the attachment of the Province to France. Currently managed by Mathieu Deiss with the help of his father Jean-Michel, the estate has fought for a more qualitative production, based on the terroir rather than on cloned grape varieties, the inclination to Biodynamics, very low yields, agroforestry and Biodynamics.

The Domaine Marcel Deiss chose more than 40 years ago to devote its efforts to the emergence of a viticulture of Lieu in Alsace when the grape variety was perceived at that time as an absolute modernity. Why did we make this choice against the tide?  And what is a "Haut-lieu" wine-growing that is also called "Terroir"? It is a profoundly French concept, as subtle as our philosophy and our language are. A multifactorial concept, very complex, made of fine interactions between the place itself, in its physical and metaphysical characteristics; the winegrower's practices, his dreams and fantasies, his personality. It is by essence an object in movement, a work in progress never finished, always reinvented but yet totally functional. Pregnant for the one who plants the vine, the one who leads it, unavoidable for the one who makes wine, central for the one who tastes it.

This wine comes from the parcels of the Domaine Marcel Deiss located on the Ribeauvillé area (Gruenspiel, Hagueneau, Weinbaum). The limestone of the Muschelcalk, clays and quaternary intercalations (sandstone and gravel) deliver a tight dry wine, textured, of good thickness, mineral, initiating saliva palate but horizontal, massive and very long. The suggested colors are cold, stylized, and draw a landscape of great rigor but a deep beauty.

Pairings: Raw fish, grilled or in sauce, spring vegetables, mushrooms.

Aging Potential of 10 years.

13.5% ABV
Multiple parcels situated in the Zellenberg area (lieu-dits Gruenspiel, Hagueneau, Weinbaum)
Limestone and clay, with sandstone and gravel terroir
8,000 vines per ha
Indigenous yeast
Fermented and aged in large old barrels for 12 months

Wine of the Month for January 2023

$5/2 oz. pour

Biodynamic / Organic
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