Ostertag Riesling Grand Cru Muenchberg (750ml)
Domaine Ostertag is a family-owned property of 14.3 hectares spread out over more than 80 small plots of vines in the heart of Alsace. Its location offers a very rare exposure for vines in the region, these climatic particularities allow the production of complex and mineral wines. André Ostertag is a revolutionary winemaker. He is a pioneer and an environmentalist. After training in Burgundy, André returned to the family domaine in Alsace with renewed zeal: he lowered yields considerably and introduced viticultural and vinification techniques from other regions to his own home ground. He looks for the nuance of terroir rather than the typicity of a grape varietal. André rejects formulaic, scientifically engineered wines, and since going biodynamic in 1997, has been an active member of the natural farming community.
Riesling grown on 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.
Pronounced aromatics; citrus white blossoms. Concentrated and energetic palate; citrus and green fruit, racy acidity and saline minerality. Incredible structure and persistence. Enjoy now, but definitely a cellar worthy white that will develop beautifully with time.