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2013 Riesling Grand Cru “Muenchberg”

Domaine Ostertag

2013 Riesling Grand Cru “Muenchberg” Domaine Ostertag - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The wizardry of Ostertag is on full display when a bottle of his holy Muenchberg is uncorked. A little-known but magnificent terroir, Muenchberg is a volcanic foothill of the Vosges mountains that doesn’t lie along the main well-traveled road of the Alsatian wine route. You’ll find it in the northern half of Alsace known, counterintuitively, as the Bas-Rhin (Lower Rhine). A majestic amphitheater, lost in time and space, is the source of André’s most complete, most complex, and longest-lived Riesling. Expect to find all the dimensions of great dry Riesling and then some: purity, raciness, spice, peat, salinity, longevity, finesse. –Dixon Brooke

Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Riesling
Appellation: Alsace Grand Cru
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Domaine Ostertag
Winemaker: André Ostertag
Vineyard: 1.7 ha; From the Alsatian “muench” meaning monk, this vineyard is named for the Cistercian monks who originally planted vines here in the 11th-12th centuries. In a south-facing amphitheater in Nothalten at the foot of the Vosges mountains, the Muenchberg site combines volcanic sediment and the pink sandstone of the Vosges with a touch of limestone.
Soil: Volcanic Sediment, Pink Sandstone
Farming: Biodynamic
Alcohol: 13%

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About Alsace

Tragically, Alsace might be the most misunderstood wine region of France. In spite of its long history of viticulture and tremendous diversity of pedigreed terroirs, a past fraught with marketing mishaps has left consumers baffled as to what exactly to expect inside one of these mysterious tall, thin bottles.

The good news, on the other hand, is that a new wave of quality-oriented growers is working hard to put Alsace in its rightful place as one of the world’s most fascinating sources of fine white wine. By embracing tradition, respecting terroir, and making a concerted effort to better communicate the countless virtues their wines have to offer, they have succeeded in putting Alsace back on the map.

Crafted from a number of grape varieties and beautifully interpreting the region’s mosaic of soil types, our Alsace imports are by and large dry whites offering exceptional versatility at table. While each of these selections is ready to be uncorked tonight, the finest among them are also capable of maturing for many, many years in a cool cellar. Expect kaleidoscopic aromatics, lively acidities, and loads of terroir transparency in these skillfully crafted masterpieces. Enjoy a foray into the thrilling world of the world’s most underrated wine region, and certainly do not hesitate to contact our sales staff with any questions as you take off on this mouth-watering adventure.

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