André shows a genie’s touch in vinifying dry Pinot Gris. Nobody else in Alsace has mastered the challenge quite so convincingly. He does it Burgundian style, with malolactic fermentation and barrel aging (with new wood kept to a minimum). This treatment, combined with the sand and quartz terroir of Fronholz, brings a delicacy and brightness to the grape’s natural tendency toward fatness and oiliness, resulting, in this case, in the best of both worlds. Highest recommendation.
|Vineyard:||Located on the top and the southwest slopes of the hill of Epfig, the Fronholz vineyard gives wines with marked minerality, firm acidity, and elegant aromas that can be rather discreet in their youth. 20+ years, 0.25 ha|
|Soil:||White Sand, Quartz, Clay, Marl|
|Aging:||Aged 11-18 months|
To call André Ostertag a revolutionary winemaker is to tell just half the story. He is a pioneer, certainly, but also an ardent environmentalist. After training in Burgundy, André returned to the family domaine in Alsace with renewed zeal: he lowered yields considerably and introduced viticultural and vinification techniques from other regions to his own home ground. He looks for the nuance of terroir rather than the typicity of a grape varietal. André rejects formulaic, scientifically engineered wines, and since going biodynamic in 1997, has been an active member of the natural farming community.
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