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Domaine Marcel Deiss 'Schlossberg' Grand Cru, Alsace, France 2020

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WHITE BLEND and RIESLING
TROPICAL & RICH
ORGANIC FARMING
COLLECTIBLE & CELLAR-WORTHY and BOTTLE CLUB 2023
ALSACE
FRANCE

Marcel Deiss 'Schlossberg' Grand Cru, Alsace, France 2020

Winemaker: Jean-Michel Deiss

Farming: Organic (Ecocert), biodynamic (Demeter). 8,000 vines/ha.

Variety: Riesling co-planted with other varieties

Terroir: Extremely steep, south-facing slope. Cooling influence from western winds. Multiple parcels of terraced vineyards with shallow granitic sand and gravel topsoils. Larger cobbles are removed by hand to build the terraces’ retaining walls.

Vinification: Pressed 12+ hours with whole clusters. Ambient yeast fermentation, aged for 12 months on the lees in casks. Light filtration.

Tasting Note: Always impressive and long-lasting, this field blend is dry but impactful. Aromas of yuzu, asian pear, fresh gooseberries and wet stone all swirl around the palate. Pair it with a creamy, cheesy baked chicken or an aromatic lemongrass-coconut curry. 

About the Winery:

No one will argue that Deiss is among the top two or three domaines of Alsace. As to the rest, Jean-Michel Deiss is what the French call, a fouteur de merde, a shit-stirrer. After an old man on his deathbed entrusted him with one of Alsace's gems, the Schoenenbourg vineyard, Jean-Michel found that it was planted to an old field blend or “co-plantation.” He soon realized that this was the missing link in his quest for great wine and he replanted every single one of his top vineyards to such blends. Though this had once been the norm in Alsace, by the time Jean-Michel planted his grand crus to field blends, it was a technique reserved to lowly wines. Then, he took on the Alsatian cru system. Too many grand crus, and too large at that, but no premier crus was idiotic, he thought, and he self-appointed seven of his top vineyards “premier crus.” When you taste them, it makes crystalline sense, but this is technically an illegal practice and Jean-Michel has been battling the authorities ever since. His latest concern is to have ancient but currently illegal Alsatian varieties added to the list of authorized grapes. A troublemaker indeed, but the wines are absolutely magical.