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Domaine Ostertag Pinot Blanc Barriques 2015
Domaine Ostertag Pinot Blanc Barriques 2015


 
Our Price: $180.00
Bottle-size : 75 cl

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André Ostertag is clearly one of the most dynamic producers in Alsace today, and certainly one the highest rated. Where in many areas Alsace has fallen behind star producers in Germany and Austria, Ostertag is one that bucks this trend. This is a family-run property comprising 12 hectares spread over more than 75 small plots of vines within five villages: Epfig (55%); Nothalten (34%); Itterswiller (4%); Ribeauvillé (6%); and Albé (1%). André is passionate and free-thinking, and his wines reflect this. Biodynamism was extended to 100% of the domaine in 1998, precluding any use of herbicides, chemical fertilisers and insecticides. All viticultural work is done manually, including harvest. In the cellar, press cycles are long and gentle, fermentations are long and conducted without artificial yeasts, and wines are left on their lees. Barrels are used for Pinot Blanc, Gris (sometimes) and Pinot Noir. There is little or no filtration of any of the wines, which rank among the finest in all of Alsace today.

Picked on the September 15, Ostertag's bright citrus-colored 2015 Pinot Blanc Barriques is a 50/50 assemblage of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois coming from Ribeauvillé, Epfing and the Fronholz lieu-dit. Fermented for three months in used barriques and aged on the lees until the bottling in September (the Pinot Blanc took a long time to ferment to fully dry), this is a pure, fresh and mineral, very elegant and lingering salty white that is quite crystalline on the palate and characterized by its fine tannins and its creamy touch in the finish. This is an excellent wine with food, but should be aged for another couple of months or even a year. Wine Advocate 88+

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