2015 Domaine Marcel Deiss
Bold, intense and complex white wine, with peach and pear fruit and hints of spice; the rich, almost fat, package is, however, wrapped up with a fresh dry finish. Fascinating, worthy of contemplation and a world away from the often tiresome Pinot Grigios we keep coming across. A fascinating food match - hard to pin down perhaps - but a brilliant 'talking point' aperitif to get your brain whirring and your taste buds primed!. L&S (Sep 2019)
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Deiss's 2015 Pinot Gris is clear and fresh on the nose, with concentrated lemon aromas intertwining with crushed limestone flavors. Rich, round and intense on the palate, this is a full-bodied, clear and mineral Pinot with a vital acidity and a lingering salinity. The wine is semi-dry and reveals a very fine tannin structure. It is more clear and fresh on nose and palate than the 2013 due to less botrytis, but more overripe grapes instead. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 91 Stephan Reinhart, The Wine Advocate, erobertparker.com(Jun 2017)
Domaine Marcel Deiss
Domaine Deiss's wines are without doubt among the most exciting of the region. The domaine has long focused on field blends so as to produce wines which reflect the terroir on which they are grown more than the individual grape variety, and in doing so Deiss has forced changes on a region which was known only for varietal wines thirty years ago. For many years this consisted mostly of the 'Alsace' blend at the entry level, and then a series of wines from specific sites which Jean-Michel called his 'level of Premier Cru' wines.
Now, having expanded the vineyard area, they have introduced a series of 'village-level' wines which are produced in the same way - from sites with several varieties planted together which are picked and vinified together too. All of these 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. Of course we have favourites, and ours are probably Zellenberg at the village level, and Engelgarten at the level of premier cru - but like Burgundy, the complexity is best embraced rather than trying to simplify - all these wines are worth trying, to find your own favourites and to understand the bigger picture: start here!
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.
The wines from the original vineyards are all certified organic and biodynamic, but as the domaine has recently expanded from 27 hectares to 40, some of the new vineyards have not yet achieved certification. All the wines are suitable for vegetarians, but they are not certified for that.
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