2016 Domaine Marcel Deiss
|Grapes||Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris|
In a region that is known for its single varietal wines, Marcel Deiss’s biodynamically-grown single-vineyard engelgarten mixes up five varieties for a gloriously sensual, exotically scented, full-bodied but finely balanced dry white. STAR BUY. David Williams, The Observer (Dec 2019)
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This stunning single vineyard blend of Riesling with Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, initially shows such wonderful underlying minerality and fresh acidity that the sweetness never really comes to the fore, but there is lovely richness lurking. This is still young and bright but has all the components for a long and exciting life ahead. The gravels of Engelgarten emphasise the citrus flavours. Already very hard to resist.L&S(Nov 2018)
This has an attractive array of stone fruit and white melon with pastry-like, savory aromas. The palate has a smooth, fleshy pear and baked-apple feel. Quite long, with an elegant, compressed finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Aug 2019)
Good full yellow. Extroverted aromas of sweet spices, dark plum, ripe pear, dark berries and guava. Very ripe and dense, with a chunky mouthfeel and not especially loaded with acidity, but a saline element contributes to the wine's tactile texture and adds lift. Made from a plot of flatland vines located right behind the Deiss winery that looks like a scene from the Graves in Bordeaux (it’s mostly Quaternary gravel soil with clay and river rocks). Wines from this site often have a dark fruit quality and are never especially high in acidity. Drinking range: 2019 - 2023 Rating: 90 Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com(Feb 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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