2016 Domaine Marcel Deiss

Grapes Other Alsace varieties, Riesling
Colour White
Origin France, Alsace
Other Organic, Bio-dynamic
ABV 14%

The Berckem is without doubt the richest and sweetest in the mouth, although at 15gs/Ltr of residual sugar it isn't properly sweet. What you get is a spicy full and really quite sleek style, the fruit is a little more macerated with stewed pears and apple. Still good acid balance so it doesn't ever overwhelm and then a creamy honeyed tactile finish. Good with wash rind cheeses and fruit tarts or perhaps a Moroccan chicken tagine. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Apr 2020)

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This wine exclusively comes from vineyards of the Domaine Marcel Deiss. It is produced every year from 13 Alsatian varieties, grown and picked together, pressed and vinified with the greatest respect, the softest technology, and without any oenological addition. The vineyards around Bergheim are mostly made of Jurassic limestones and marls from Keuper. This exceptional 'terroir' produces magnificent rich, aromatic and complex wines.

A soft, sunny, ample and vibrant wine. 13 Alsatian grapes (Riesling 50%, others: 50%) Technical data: Alcohol: 14 % vol. Residual sugar: 15g/L. Acidity: 5,17g/L.

Deep colour, complex and aromatic nose, silky and mouthwatering. Serve at 10-12°C.

Drinking range: 2019 - 2029Winemaker's notes (Mar 2019)

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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