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Domaine Ostertag Riesling Muenchberg Grand Cru 2016
Domaine Ostertag Riesling Muenchberg Grand Cru 2016


 
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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.

The 2015 Grand Cru Muenchberg Riesling opens pure and stony/mineral/flinty as well as herbally on the nose, with flavors of lemon juice on crushed stones, dried herbs and flowers (chamomile). Rich, very intense and salty on the palate, this is a full-bodied, highly elegant and endless Riesling with great ripeness, concentration and complexity. Still a baby, this wine will shine in 15, 20 years and surely still in 30. It is impressive in its richness and firmly structured complexity. This is probably one of the (if not the) greatest Rieslings I have tasted from André Ostertag. Wine Advocate 97 (2015)

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