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2020 Vin Orange “Le Bal des Masqués”

Domaine Ostertag
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Arthur continues his experimentation with the Gewurztraminer grape with this fourth rendition of his skin-fermented white wine that is playfully accompanied by a comic-strip label series. Expect a coppery color, an incredibly complex aroma that includes strawberry, tomato, and sweet pepper, and a well-structured palate with a red wine tannin. You can get really creative with the food pairing possibilities with this bottling, although it also makes for an interesting apéritif solo.

Dixon Brooke


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Gewurtraminer
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Domaine Ostertag
Winemaker: Arthur Ostertag
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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Kermit inspecting wine barrels

For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.