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Ostertag Pinot Gris “Zellberg”, Alsace 2018

$49.99

Wine Enthusiast 94/00:A notion of freshly cut pear peel has the gentlest creaminess on the nose of this wine. The palate brims with similarly pure fresh fruit while the texture recalls russet-pear peel and citrus zest. Mild freshness pervades and brightens the flavors. The dry finish is luminous and long, as well as uncommonly fresh for 2018. Drink by 2040. ANNE KREBIEHL MW, Buy Now

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“This fairly young domaine, which began life in the 1960s, has 13 hectares of vines split among 75 plots in five villages. The wines are quite simply brilliant, as I hope the tasting notes below make clear.” Jamie Goode

Having this range of wines in Alsace allows producers to tell a story and explain what’s on offer. This is done really well here with the wines being organised into the domaines own classifications; Les Vins de Fruit, the varietal expression cuveés; Les Vins de Pierre, the terroir driven cuveés; and Les Vins de Temps, late harvest cuveés that depend on the weather (le temps) for ripening and the development of botrytis.

The 15 hectares are split into 88 parcelles/plots and André Ostertag refers to these as 88 gardens (les jardins). The gardens are spread across the Muenchberg grand cru, four lieux-dits (roughly north to south – Fronholz, Zellberg, Heissenberg and Clos Mathis), plus multiple village plots around Epfig, Nothalten, Itterswiller and Albé. Biodynamic farming has been practiced since 1996 and the domaine carries certification from Demeter.

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