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Domaine Ostertag Muenchberg Riesling GC 2019

Domaine Ostertag

Domaine Ostertag Muenchberg Riesling GC 2019


Domaine Ostertag Muenchberg Riesling GC 2019
Muenchberg means the “mountain of the monks” and was first planted in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks. We own 2.05Ha of which 1.65Ha are planted with Riesling. Muenchberg is one of the most unique grands crus of Alsace because of its very particular soil of red sandstone and volcanic sediments. It's a wonderful south-facing amphitheatre of vines in a closed valley, in the Vosges foothills, protected to the west by the 901m Ungersberg peak. The altitude ranges between 250 and 300m which prevents excessive heat and helps to keep complexity in the wines.
The grapes are gently airbag-pressed as whole bunches for 10 hours. Spontaneous fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks, where it was aged on its lees for 20 months. It was bottled at the end of May 2021 with a balance of 14% alcohol, 1g/L of residual sugar and 7g/L of total acidity. It's a dry wine, certified organic and biodynamic. Here's a wine of incomparable nobility and length with pulpy and delicate flesh. Here the balance in the mouth is due to the perfectly complementary sandstone and volcano. The sensual and gentle sandstone ensures a charming entry and the primitive, muscular volcano allows the wine to stretch out on a fine, interminable and almost salty finale so characteristic of Muenchberg. Patience is always rewarded with the wines of Muenchberg. They are always brilliant in their first spring, after a long decant, but the terroir really reveals itself after at least five years of ageing. - Arthur Ostertag

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