2020 Grand Cru Domaine Marcel Deiss

Grapes Riesling
Colour White
Origin France, Alsace
Other Certified Organic, Bio-dynamic
Village Bergheim
Classification Grand Cru
ABV 13.5%
Vineyard Schlossberg

This Alsace Grand Cru has incredible ripeness and concentration - think baked peach and apricot - but also a strict minerality and northerly freshness that are astonishing for the hot and dry vintage. So precise and pristine at the crystalline finish that extends out towards the distant horizon. A field blend of traditional varieties, based on riesling. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Drink or hold. Rating: 98 Stuart Pigott, (Oct 2023)

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The first vintage, 2017, was declassified to Alsace Riesling. The 2018 Grand Cru Schlossberg was commercially successful but still not at the potential top. But the 2020 Grand Cru Schlossberg hits the goal for Mathieu Deiss. Indeed, the nose, from a big glass, is clear and refined but also very rich, elegant and complex, fruit-intense and lemon-fresh and reveals ripe yellow plum (mirabelle) aromas. Round and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, pure, crystalline and salty, very intense and finely tannic Riesling with a long finish but a certain reduction of complexity or generosity. However, this is an impressive Schlossberg with power and purity yet a certain lack of texture or mid-palate. The grapes were picked on 18 September and pressed for six hours, and the wine as bottled with 13.5% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted at the domaine in May 2022. Drinking range: 2027 - 2040 Rating: 94 Stephan Reinhart, The Wine Advocate, (Mar 2023)

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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