DEISS ENGELGARTEN 1ER CRU 18
We are thrilled to have the wines of Domaine Marcel Deiss back in store, only this time with a wider range than we have had in the past. These cult French wines come from Alsace in north east France; the country's driest wine region and a territory long disputed between the French and the Germans. This history accounts for why these wines are made from grapes classically considered to be German in origin. All Deiss wines are certified organic, made from grapes grown biodynamically and they break new ground in style and quality. Many are field blends, made in homage to historical growing methods where many different grape varieties grew together alongside each other, were picked together and fermented together.
This medium bodied, complex dry white is a blend of three classic Alsace white grapes, Muscat, Riesling and Pinot Gris with a little Pinot Noir added in, which comes from vines planted between 1977 and 1997, which are grown at high density of between 8,000 and 12,000 vines per hectare on white gravels.
This grapes are pressed slowly from whole clusters for up to 12 hours followed by wild yeast fermentation with the wine being aged for 12 months in large old foudres.
The result is a complex dry white made from three great white grapes and one red. Maverick? Definitely. Delicious? Absolutely.