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2019 Riesling “Le Berceau, lieu dit Pflanzer”

Domaine Ostertag
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Imagine if in Alsace, deep beneath the earth, there were a Riesling aquifer... Arthur Ostertag has tapped into that aquifer via the lieu-dit Pflanzer. Pflanzer means “the planter” in Alsatian and this parcel was originally used as a vine nursery because the soil is fertile and well ventilated. This is a Riesling with stony depth.

Michael Bargo

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Riesling
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Domaine Ostertag
Winemaker: Arthur Ostertag
Vineyard: 0.8 ha, 35 years
Soil: Quartz, Sandstone, Clay, Marl
Aging: Aged 20 months in stainless steel
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About The Region

Alsace

map of 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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Sampler Includes:

2021 Pinot Blanc  $20.00
2021 Riesling  $23.00
2019 Pinot Gris “Trois Châteaux”  $34.00
2022 Pinot Noir  $28.00
Brut “Crémant d’Alsace”  $28.00
2018 Riesling Grand Cru “Geisberg”  $54.00

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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