Marcel Deiss Grand Cru Mambourg 2017, Alsace, France

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. Stretching over nearly 1.3 km and covering 61.85 ha, facing due south on the hillside, the Mambourg dominates Sigolsheim. As early as 783, history reveals that the wines of Sigoltesberg (today’s Mambourg) were renowned for their elegance, harmony and capacity for long cellaring. Its particular geology, derived from the Oligocene limestones of the Quaternary period, gives the Mambourg a very rare characteristic, an ever-present tannic power, a smooth roundness of shape. Mouthfeel: extremely concentrated wine, provoking an impressive salivation, horizontal, tingling, very tanned, exalted by carbon dioxide. Then appears the acidity; major, powerful, very broad and tartaric, underlined by a chiseled, compact tannin. Posture or energy: A great table wine, tight, sovereign, calling great tables and noble poultry; fearing no one and especially not a Montrachet!