2013 Marc Tempe Pinot Noir ZellenbergPinot Noir from France
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"In 1993, Marc Tempé started his domaine with his wife Anne-Marie, from parcels inherited from both of their families. They immediately began the conversion to biodynamic farmi...
"In 1993, Marc Tempé started his domaine with his wife Anne-Marie, from parcels inherited from both of their families. They immediately began the conversion to biodynamic farming, and 1995 became their first commercial release. In 1999, Léonard Humbrecht, the patriarch of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, called Marc his "spiritual godson" in 'La Revue du Vin' (note, with all due respect to Z-H, that Marc’s wines tend to be drier, and less expensive). Today the domaine comprises 8ha in the Haut-Rhin radiating from the village of Zellenberg. The vines are pruned severely for low yields, harvested by hand, and pressed very slowly and carefully in order to retain acid and keep the pH as low as possible (the length of the pressing is determined by the type of grapes and their maturity, rather than by the simple calculus of weight + time = formulaic result). The grapes are never chaptalized, the must is never acidified, and laboratory yeast is never introduced. The wines are made either in old foudres or older Burgundy barrels (mostly obtained from Domaine Laflaive, a fellow biodynamic grower), and their use is dictated by the grape variety (Pinot Gris, for example, does well in these smaller vessels) or by the size of a given parcel. Fermentations are extended in one of two old, moist Zellenberg cellars, and the wines rest on their lees for a minimum of 24 months. This is something that no business plan would sanction but which Marc is convinced serves to emphasize a wine’s minerality and terroir. At bottling there is no fining and only a deft use of sulfur." - Distributor