Marcel Deiss Grand Cru Schlossberg 2019, 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. 2019 vintage – Mostly Riesling + field blend of Alsatian varieties. Very steep, south facing. Granite terroir. Planted between 1977 and 1997. 10,00 vines per ha. Indigenous yeast. Very slow, whole-cluster pressing for up to 12 hours. Fermented and aged in large ancient foudres for 12 months. “Intensely citric with hardcore minerality, this is an uncompromising expression of a very stony terroir and Riesling that will delight fans of that wine type, but leave others cold. We just suggest that you give this a couple of years to open up. Breathtaking mineral vibrancy at the finish.”