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Domaine Marcel Deiss Riquewihr 2017 Alsace

$50.35

Domaine Marcel Deiss Riquewihr 2017 Alsace

This wine comes from the biodynamically farmed parcels of Domaine Marcel Deiss located on the end of Riquewihr, Engelsreben and Rosenbourg. The siliceous superficial framework of these soils resting on deep marls, gives the wine a salivating, precise, robust and aristocratic palate in its primitive youth and is worthy of long aging. It  is a complex message of a vibrant fruit from a deep cold earth.

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Domaine Marcel Deiss Riquewihr 2017 Alsace

This wine comes from the biodynamically farmed parcels of Domaine Marcel Deiss located on the end of Riquewihr, Engelsreben and Rosenbourg. The siliceous superficial framework of these soils resting on deep marls, gives the wine a salivating, precise, robust and aristocratic palate in its primitive youth and is worthy of long aging. It  is a complex message of a vibrant fruit from a deep cold earth.

Jean-Michel Deiss, (the son of Marcel Deiss, who established the property in 1949) currently manages the 27 hectares of vines, which are planted on some of Alsace’s finest terroirs, including the grand cru Altenburg de Bergheim. Jean-Michel Deiss grows his vines according to biodynamic principles, a philosophy that prohibits any form of chemical treatment and combines an understanding of cosmic rhythms with work on the soil and the vines. The objective? To encourage the vines to develop as deep a root system as possible in the subsoil, thereby giving full expression to the terroir. Despite being an acknowledged master of the art of making single varietal wines such as Pinot Gris and Riesling, this exceptional winegrower has waged a veritable campaign against the traditional Alsace approach of regarding the grape variety as the essence of the wine, and granting negligible importance to the terroir. Thus he has reintroduced ancestral practices such as mixed planting of all of the traditional varieties (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris) on the same plot, with no sorting at the harvest. The terroir then comes to the forefront, free to fully express itself without the omnipresent constraint of a single variety. After years of campaigning, Jean-Michel Deiss finally succeeded in obtaining authorisation for the application of the terms “Grand Cru” and “Premier Cru” (previously reserved for traditional cuvées) to these “vins de terroir”. The names of the grape varieties have not appeared on the labels since 2005.

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Brands

Domaine Marcel Deiss

Country

Alsace, France

Price

$20 – $50

Varietal

Import French White, Pinot Gris, Riesling

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