Close-up Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim 2015 wine label

Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim 2015

  • ABV:: 12.5%
  • MADE FROM:: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, many more
  • HAiLS FROM:: Altenberg de Bergheim, Alsace, France
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ABOUT: Alsace is a grand region of glorious wine and the only French wine region that prints the grape variety right there on the label. We love the region for it’s transparency and the wines are so good that it’s a pretty easy affair. Marcel Deiss is a leading biodynamic practitioner in the region making a variety of wines and styles from a myriad of vineyards, but the really interesting thing he does is make field blend wines from Grand Cru sites. This means that the vineyards are planted with a mess of different grapes which are all vinified together and provides an unparalleled impression of the land. Notably, Deiss was the producer who petitioned the Alsace AOC to allow field blends into the Grand Cru system. These field blend site wines do not have the grape variety names on the label which is fine…everyone interested in wine should know the vineyard name Altenberg de Bergheim and what it’s about.

TASTE: This is easily the most interesting wine made by Marcel Deiss. There is a lot going on and would probably stump a room of wine schoolers when tasted blind. The grapes in this field blend are Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat d'Alsace (white and red), Muscat à Petit Grain, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Traminer, Chasselas, Chasselas Rose. Altenberg de Bergheim gets hot and stays dry, so this wine is ripe, bold, intensely concentrated, off dry and possesses those special blessed notes of noble rot. Honey, rosemary, sage, lemon, honeydew melon, and mint lift out of the glass. The acid is high, the body is full and the finish is long. I predict this wine will develop another twenty years. Tasting the evolution of this wine would be one of the more fun wine projects.

PAIR: Spargla, Flammekueche, Spaetzle, Bakwan Jagung, stir-fried noodles with egg and vegetable, and fried hard boiled eggs drowning in sweet chili sauce.