In the March CLASSICS release, I’m very excited to share a wine I recently had the opportunity to taste in France, and it’s fabulous! The Marcel Deiss Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim 2008 is the second wine released by CLASSICS in as many months. You may remember that the Marcel Deiss Huebuhl 2008 was released in the February Classics catalogue, there is still some stock available.
Jean-Michel Deiss, owner, winemaker and biodynamic guru for Domaine Marcel Deiss writes about what this wine means to him and says, “the production of this wine is a milestone in my life as a wine-grower and marks a break with the variety-over-terroir dominance under which the Alsace region has suffered so greatly for the past 100 years.”
Technically, a wine labeled as Grand Cru in Alsace can only be made from the following four grape varietals: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Gewürztraminer, however Jean-Michel Deiss does not believe that this should be so. Alsace historically coplanted their vineyards, and the return to the ancient practice of vineyards co-planted with all traditional varietals and the return to the single vintage unsorted open the Pandora’s box of “Grand Vin” from ALTENBERG: the Terroir becomes the conductor who inspires and controls all ranges of “performers” (rootstocks and cépages, along with all the conditions of the vintage and even the winemaker!). This approach is “the pure expression of terroir, the balanced symphony of Grand Vin.”
Purchasing wines through the Classics catalogue has evolved, and you can now either call in your order or you can order online, on a first-come, first-served basis. Ordering will begin Thursday, March 5 at 8:30am. Click HERE for details.
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