Domaine Ostertag 2017 "Muenchberg" Riesling Grand Cru, Alsace, France

Domaine Ostertag 2017 "Muenchberg" Riesling Grand Cru, Alsace, France

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Domaine Ostertag 2017 "Muenchberg" Riesling Grand Cru, Alsace

There is poetry to Ostertag’s practices. He looks for the nuance of terroir rather than the typicity of a grape varietal. In an act of rejection against the official classifications dictated by the A.O.C., he made up his own categories: Vins de Fruit that express fruit character rather than that of a specific vineyard site, Vins de Pierre reflecting the terroir from which they originate, and Vin de Temps that rely on time and weather to encourage the development of botrytis.

Vinification: Everything is hand harvested with a gentle pressing, fermentation with indigenous yeasts until fully dry.The riesling is fermented and aged in stainless steel tank, then aged 12 months, sur lie, before bottling.

Farming: Domaine Ostertag has been Certified Biodynamic and practicing since 1998. 

Terroir: The Muenchberg bottling is a Grand Cru Vins de Pierre from 35+ year old Riesling vines planted on 1.7ha of volcanic sediment and pink sandstone.  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.  The vineyard offers definition, elegance, and great length and class to the Riesling (1.65 ha) and Pinot Gris (0.40 ha, aka A360P) planted here.

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