|Grapes||Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois|
Zellenberg is part of the new range from Deiss that focuses on the particular aspects of each of the villages where they own vines. When we tasted the wines, this was the most vivacious and pure with such a gorgeous weight of fruit. Neatly loaded with bright citrus sparkle, grapefruit, quince and some firm peach. But it was the pure zip and drive of the wine on the palate that totally blew us away, mouthfilling yet elegant, it lingers on the palate and refreshes in such a way that makes you just want to go back for another sip. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Apr 2020)
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Bright straw-green. Expressively floral and strongly lime-scented. Easygoing but vibrant; subtle mineral and floral nuances add interest to the ripe citrus flavors. Finishes gently and with good persistence. A blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois and a little Riesling, grown on mostly heavy marl soils. Lovely wine of early appeal that is best described as “friendly.” Drinking range: 2019 - 2021 Rating: 88 Ian d'Agata, Decanter(Jan 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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