Marcel Deiss - Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru 2018
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Located in Bergheim next to Ribeauvillé, in the heart of the Grand Cru area, the Marcel Deiss estate was founded in 1947. The Deiss family is a long line of winegrowers, blacksmiths and bell founders who settled in Alsace after the Thirty Years War and the attachment of the Province to France. Currently managed by Mathieu Deiss with the help of his father Jean-Michel, the estate has fought for a more qualitative production, based on the terroir rather than on cloned grape varieties, the inclination to Biodynamics, very low yields, agroforestry and Biodynamics.
Winery Notes: Autumn-colored, amber, thick robe. Spectacular nose of tropical fruits, candied lemon, acacia honey, with the elegance and lightness that is so characteristic of Altenberg. The palate is vibrant, creamy, rich yet with balanced acid, where all components come together perfectly. Varieties and clay, grower and limestone, fruit and pink sandstone, vintage and depth.
"Breathtaking nose of the ripest apricots the world has ever seen! Also some mango, candied orange and acacia honey. Very succulent, but equally vinous, the interplay of these two aspects creating an incredible mouth-feel. And below this, currently below the waterline, is tremendous minerality that gives this breathtaking tension, which drives the super-long finish. A field blend of traditional varieties, focused on riesling. From organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification. Drink or hold." - 97 points, James Suckling
"The golden-colored 2018 Grand Cru Altenberg offers a deep, intense and mineral as well as aromatic bouquet of stewed peaches and mirabelles. On the palate, this is a very rich but also sweet and tannic Altenberg that reveals fine grapefruit bitters but doesn't sing like the 2019. It is very rich, tight and tannic but less elegant and refined or stimulating. Natural cork. Tasted at the domaine in May 2022." - 94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Producer: Marcel Deiss
Varietal: Field blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat d’Alsace (white and red), Muscat à Petit Grain, Gewurtztraminer, Traminer, Chasselas, Chasselas Rose
Appellation: Alsace Grand Cru
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