Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Mambourg 2012 750ml
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Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Mambourg White Blend 2012

Alsace - France

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Rated 96 by Robert Parker
Deiss's big and expressive 2012 Mambourg Grand Cru is one of the most fascinating dry-styled wines I have tasted during my visits in June 2015. Sourced from an extremely low-yielding field blend of Pinot Gris, Noir, Meunier, Blanc, and Beurot on magnesium-rich Oligocene limestones and marl conglomerates (12700 vines/ha), this white golden "Pinot" from the sunny top site above Sigolsheim is very deep, rich and precise on the concentrated nose that shows just a touch of new oak. Full-bodied, powerful and extremely complex on the palate, this salty and tension-filled wine reveals a vibrant and mineral soul with a firm and grippy tannin structure, and an impressive length. This is a kind of Montrachet if you will, but Jean-Michel Deiss would probably turn the limping comparison by saying that the Montrachet is just a Burgundian version of the Mambourg. Check also the Mambourg Gewurztraminer from Marc Tempé to find out more about the talents of this exceptional Alsatian Grand Cru.
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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Region: Alsace

For lovers of fine white and rosé wines, there are few regions in the world quite as good as France's Alsace. The region itself is a particularly fascinating one, as it has long been fought over by France and Germany, resulting in a culture and wine industry which is something of a blend of the two countries. Wines in Alsace are almost all white, although there are more wineries now producing the pale red or pinkish Pinot Noir wines which the region is also renowned for. Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muscat are also grown in huge quantities across the Alsace, and most of the region's wines are made from these varietals. Overall, Alsace is a highly productive region of France, with over a hundred million liters of wine being produced annually from the nine permitted grape varietals the region grows.

Country: France

France is renowned across the globe for its quality wines and the careful expertise which goes into making them, but what is truly remarkable about this relatively small country is the vast range of wines it produces in such huge amounts each year. Not only are the finest red wines in the world said to come from the beautiful regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, but elsewhere in the country we find the Champagne region, and areas such as the Rhone Valley and the Loire, whose white wines consistently receive awards and accolades by the plenty. This range is a result of the great variety of climatic conditions and terrain found in France, coupled with generations of wine makers working within single appellations. Their knowledge of specific terroirs and grape varieties has, over time, perfected the production of wines within their region, and the end results continue to impress the world to this day.