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

Alsace has to be one of the most fascinating regions of France, with a history which stretches back millennia, and demonstrates perfectly the kind of blended culture that can arise from being located on the border between two enormously important, yet very different countries. Indeed, being on the border between France and Germany has resulted in Alsatian wines being something of a mix between the wines of these two countries. Riesling varietal grapes are grown in enormous quantities here, and display all of their crisp, dry complexity perfectly in the famous wines of Alsace. Alongside this typically Germanic wine, Alsatian vintners also produce plenty of Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Sauvignon Vert wines, all of which are superb when it comes to expressing the finer features of the wonderful Alsatian terroir.

Country: France

It is widely understood and accepted that the finest wines in the world come out of France. Whether you are drinking a vintage bottle from one of the famed Grand Cru wineries of Bordeaux - such as Chateau Margaux or Chateau Lafite-Rothschild - or a more simple and affordable bottle from one of the lesser known appellations in Burgundy, the likelihood is that the wine is packed full of intense and interesting flavors, and has a fine, balanced structure typical of almost all French produce. This reputation for excellence is taken extremely serious by the French, with dozens of regularly updated laws and regulations ensuring the quality and accurate labeling of wines. Such dedication and passion for fine wine, representative of the region in which it is produced, means customers can be assured that when they buy a bottle from France, they are buying something almost certain to please and delight.