Domaine Marcel Deiss Schoenenbourg Grand Cru 2012


Schoenenbourg, reputed since the Middle Ages, is the gem of all the Riquewihr vineyards. Facing south with co-planted old vines with mostly Riesling, on gypsum marl. The wines display an undeniable aptitude for ageing, richness and amazing body. On the palate, it’s a wine with overwhelming tension, with a vinous acidity, impressive length, immodest form, dominating, a predator. Schoenenbourg is one of the most exceptional wines made in the Alsatian terroirs.

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Producer: Domaine Marcel Deiss
Region: France, Alsace
Provenance: ex Château
Vintage: 2012
Variety: Riesling and others
Volume: Bottle (750ml)
Organic Status: Biodynamic
Description: The SCHOENENBOURG hill, famous since the Middle Ages, is the brightest gem of all the RIQUEWIHR vineyards. It has a very specific topography, facing south, located at a valley entrance with a steep slope and his geology formed of Keuper marl which is a rough mixture of indescent and gypsum marls covered by laryers of Vosgian sandstone. The combination of a light, airy, friable topsoil on a clay based, fertile substratum with good water retention properties, accounts for the fact that the personality of the Schoenenburg wines is dominated more by their native soil than by their variety. Because of the proximity to the Vosgian Fault, the micro-climate of Schoenenburg is quite cold, late, suited to a slow, difficult maturing of grapes and the frequent development of Noble Rot. Schoenenbourg produces wines which age well with outstanding body and richness, and characteristics not common for this type of wine: a nose with a hint of pepper or even a smoky aroma similar to a Tokay, a light acidity hidden by the fullness of its body, and a mineral nature not evident when young, but developing in time. The Schoenenburg wines are among the Very Great Wines of Alsatian Soils.

“The drinking experience starts with white pepper and flint aromas on a rather spicy nose, which reveals dark fruit flavors but is still fresh and well defined. Rich, intense and powerful on the palate, this Schoenenbourg is full of tension and reveals a mineral backbone that makes this medium-dry wine taste almost dry. The fruit is very clear and persistent, and the firm tannins are very fine and fully integrated into the rich and elegant body. This is a liquid monument of the Schoenenbourg, provided with great vitality, vibrancy and harmony. Drink between 2020 and 2040.” 97 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate



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