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2003 Marcel Deiss GrasbergBlend from France


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  • 90 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
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"A bit more color than the 2004. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of pink grapefruit, pineapple, blood orange and mint, with a tropical fruit nuance. Very sweet, full and large-scaled; silky in texture but can't match the 2004 for sheer energy. Finishes with a hint of youthful bitterness. Here the vintage character may have worked against the site character." 90 pts - Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar

"Great fruity white wine, very complex and long, marked by the poor limestone of the great oolite, where the vines have to dig deep to find the energy they need. Grasberg wine has the tautness and complexity of that initiatory quest. The nose is an explosion of citrus jam, blood oranges and fresh mint leaves and precedes a taste that is entirely built on the tart energy of large very ripe citrus fruit. The length of the softer final note gives out uncommon vitality. This wine will go wonderfully with quality fish and all dishes that call for lemon. Decant before serving." -Winemaker

"This wine comes from grapes grown on the Grasberg site near BERGHEIM. This site, at an altitude of 280 m is located at the top of the hillock which bears the Grand Cru ALTENBERG on its south-facing slope. It has an east-facing exposure and lies on top of a layer of hard, compact limestone know as "Greater Oolithic". The subsoil is rather shallow and light, very calcareous and of a reddish colour (iron), containing mainly coarse limestone blocks, but no clay at all. This soil is not very fertile as its incapacity to retain water is an impediment to good plant growth : the only plants which succeed in adapting to this most peculiar environment are : parasol pines, a type of short grass mixed with lichen, and .... the vine." -Winemaker

"The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel DEISS to seek to express in each wine the three factors that make a wine complete : the grape variety, the vintage and the terroir. The greater the wine, the more the gustatory characteristics linked to the soil take the place of the typicity linked to grape variety or vintage."

"When speaking of terroir, the following have to be taken into consideration : geology, pedology, climate and microclimate, technical exploitation of the character of the soil, microfauna and flor, and the traditional methods and techniques used to produce wines."

"A fascination with medieval history and a desire to produce world class Vins de Garde were the impetus behind Jean-Michel DEISS quest for excellence from his Alsace vineyards. His commitment and personal integrity have led him to the conclusion that, as in most other parts of France, it is the dedicated nurturing of vines in specific terroirs which produces wines of unique distinction, originality, and authenticity." -Winery

This wine was also scored 89 points by the Wine Spectator

Product Detail

Item # 64695
Country France
Region Alsace
Sub-Region Alsace

90 - Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

Vintage 2003
Color White
ABV 11.0%
Varietal(s) Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio, Riesling
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Taste pear, spice, apple, lemon, lychee, mango, peach, apricot and honey
Nose petrol, flint, honey, spice, perfume, peach, mango, floral, butter, cream, almond, citrus, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple and pear