2016 Domaine Marcel Deiss
The hedonistic, all conquering, look-at-me, unsophisticated 'charm' of Gewürztraminer catches us all at one time or another but rarely do we linger long in the lychee and rose psychedelia of this extraordinary variety. You owe yourself a revisit to the day-glo side if only to try Jean-Michel Deiss' handling of the beast. Of course, it exudes scent and flamboyance, but there is some semblance of balance and complexity with the Deiss that eludes most/all others. "If shared, with the right dish, during a jaw-drop course at a dinner party, there are very few wines on the planet that can elicit the reaction that this wine can. All this and it is the same price as a dreary bottle of supermarket own-label Champagne." said Matthew Jukes of the 2015, and the 2016 will similarly amaze. What to serve it with? Pleasure? Chinese-style oriental dishes might be the obvious choice, but don't waste it on a cheap old take-away. Or just with friends and idle chatter - they won't forget that evening in a hurry. L&S (Sep 2019)
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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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