Muscat may be an ancient Mediterranean variety, but it’s no stranger to Alsace. It first took root in the region in the sixteenth century and in this particular vineyard on a memorable day in 1969—at the same moment Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Enjoy this one for its ebullient aromatics and dry, saline finish, a unique mix of deep-rooted old-vine terroir, fresh fruit, and a bit of biodynamic mystique. –Chris Santini
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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