2012 Domaine Marcel Deiss
|Grapes||Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling|
Deep greenish straw. Smells almost oxidised. Lateral and broad and floury in the mouth. Very massive and powerful. Drinking range: 2015 - 2022 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jul 2016)
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The white-golden 2012 Schoffweg -- from a complantation of Riesling and Pinots with some Muscat and Chasselas on powdery/marly limestone soil in Bergheim, next to the Altenberg Grand Cru-- is a quite Burgundian wine grown in Alsace. Fermented and aged in used Burgundian barrels (“the wine would become too reductive in large oak”), the wine is intense and spicy on the clear, deep, concentrated though elegant and balanced nose, which indicates just a touch of new oak (15-20%) along with ripe stone fruit aromas. Rich, round, very intense and concentrated on the palate, this is a nobly expressive, very complex, and firmly structured white wine with a long and very promising mineral finish. Alsace for Burgundy lovers. Highly recommended! Drinking range: 2016 - 2025 Rating: 93 Stephan Reinhart, The Wine Advocate, erobertparker.com (Oct 2015)
Pale straw. Spicy aromas of white stone fruits, pear and minty herbs. Fresh and nicely structured, with saline flavors of white stone fruit and fresh citrus fruit nicely supported by noble tannins. The finish is saline, bright and long. The Schoffweg is located on the eastern side of the Altenberg grand cru, on soils characterized by very friable white calcaire. Not surprisingly, the wines show a salty, tactile quality and substantial volume. Aged in 100% barriques, of which less than 10% were new. Drinking range: 2016 - 2024 Rating: 89 Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com (Apr 2015)
Domaine Marcel Deiss
Jean-Michel Deiss's wines are without doubt among the most exciting of the region. His experimental field blends in the wines he likes to call 'level of Premier Cru' are immensely impressive and worth experimenting with - they each have a definite and unique character, and are some of the most fascinating white wines in the world. Deiss may be a contrary character himself, not always in tune with other producers in the area, but the quality in the wines really does speak for what he has achieved. Biodynamic.
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