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Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg 2011 750ml
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Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg White Blend 2011

Alsace - France

Professional Wine Reviews for Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Schoenenbourg White Blend 2011

Rated 93 by Stephen Tanzer
Pale straw-green. Pure aromas of honeydew, pear, spice and air freshener. Rich, sweet apricot, peach and grapefruit flavorsoffer verygood density and captivating notes of spices and medicinal herbs. Nicely integrated acidity extends the flavors on the long, rich finish, which features the chlorophyll and botanical herb notes that I found in many of Deiss's wines on this visit.
Rated 91 by Robert Parker
After shaking off some of its reduction, the Deiss 2011 Schoenenbourg displayed quince jelly and caramelized parsnip on the nose as well as on a rich and expansive palate. Juiciness of fresh apple and peach as well as the tart, piquant tang of their skins keep its sweetness from becoming overbearing, and there is impressive reach and persistence to its finish. But to properly assess any nuances will require another visit in 2014 or 2015 in the expectation that the wine’s reduction will by then have naturally waned. An expectation of high performance through 2025 does not, however, seem at all unrealistic.

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Vintage: 2011

The year 2011 was an interesting year for many northern and central European countries, as the weather was more than unpredictable in the spring and summer. However, in most countries, the climatic conditions thankfully settled down in the late summer and fall. The result of this slightly difficult year of weather in France was a set of surprisingly small yields, but overall, these yields were of a higher quality than those harvested in certain previous years. A fantastic set of wines was also made in Italy and Spain, and the Rioja wines - when released - are set to be very good indeed. Austria also had superb year in 2011, with almost fifty percent more grapes being grown and used for their distinctive Gruner Veltliner wines than in the year before. Possibly the European country which had the finest 2011, though, was Portugal, with wineries in the Douro region claiming this year to be one of the best in decades for the production of Port wine, and the bright, young Vinho Verdes wines. In the New World, the Pacific Northwest saw some of the best weather of 2011, and Washington State and Oregon reportedly had a highly successful year, especially for the cultivation of high quality red wine grapes. Chile and Argentina had a relatively cool year, which certainly helped retain the character of many of their key grape varietals, and should make for some exciting drinking. South Africa had especially good weather for their white wine grape varietals, particularly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and many South African wineries are reporting 2011 as one of their best years in recent memory.

Region: Alsace

Alsace is a particularly fascinating region of France when it comes to wine and wine culture. The long, slender Germanic style bottles we often see coming out of Alsatian wineries have become iconic of the region's wine industry, and for centuries, such bottles have been the favorites of the crowned heads of Europe. Riesling and Gewurztraminer have always been the two primary grapes of Alsace, however, there are nine different varietals permitted by French law, most of them being used to make white wine. Alsace produces over a hundred million liters of wine per year, which are exported across the globe and enjoyed by people seeking a fine wine offering something a little different. As such, Alsace is an important global wine producing region, with a character and set of flavors and features which are all its own.

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.