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Marcel Deiss Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru 2012
Marcel Deiss Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru 2012
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ABOUT:Alsace is a grand region of glorious wine and the only French wine region that prints the grape variety on the label. Gasp! I love the region for this and the wines are so good it makes it easy to love. Deiss is a leading biodynamic practitioner of the region making a variety of wines 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 vineyard is planted with a mess of different grapes which are all vinified together and gives an unparalled impression of the land. In fact Deiss was the producer who petitioned to allow field blends for this Grand Cru site. 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.