André Ostertag, one of Alsace’s all-time greatest vignerons, is now joined at the family domaine in Epfig by his best creation to date: his talented, curious, intelligent son, Arthur. Their new releases are fresh off the boat from France—you will find few wines in our portfolio (or anywhere else) that provide as much excitement as those from the mind and hand of an Ostertag.
I can’t remember a vintage at Ostertag that provided such finesse and touch. Their gorgeous 2017 barrel-aged Pinot Blanc is an ethereal, supremely fine glass of wine, as if they figured out how to bottle clouds.
From the Ostertags’ sole granite vineyard in Ribeauvillé, Clos Mathis is a sculpted thoroughbred of stone and citrus, destined for a promising life in the cellars of those so inclined to grab their share of the ten cases imported into California.
Just when I think the Ostertags can’t set the bar any higher for what is possible with dry Pinot Gris, they raise it yet again! The elegance and class of this grandiose cuvée this year are thrilling to behold. Fronholz is a vineyard composed primarily of quartz, and the taste of an Ostertag wine from here is reminiscent of this stone: sleek, transparent, and brilliant.
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