Domaine Marcell Deiss was founded in 1947 by the homonymous owner, who was succeeded by his son Jean-Michel and, later, by his nephew Mathieu who currently leads, helped and advised by his father. In the scene of Alsace production, however, this winery has carved out a prominent role thanks to the work of the current owner. In fact, Mathieu, in addition to having embraced the biodynamic philosophy, began to use (since 1990) the technique of complantation or crowd planting, which provides for the planting of a vineyard with several species of vines, side by side, without distinction. The choice of this archaic viticulture practice (already known in the Middle Ages in those lands) is the fulcrum of the philosophy of Mathieu who, with his wines, wants to exalt the Terroir to the maximum without a single vine deflecting, with its characteristic taste-olfactory, the attention of those who taste them.
The importance attributed by Mathieu to this technique is such that even the most “humble” wine of the winery, which takes the name of Complantation, adopts it. It is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat à petits grains , Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Beurot, Muscat blanc et Rose d’Alsace et Chasselas Rose…13 grapes, all togheter lovely!
The vines were grown without herbicides, fertilized with organic compost, with the only help of biodynamic preparations and homeopathic herbal teas from natural products (nettle, horsetail and sulphur), in vineyards in which plant and animal varieties have been restored by planting hedges and fruit trees.
After a careful harvest the grapes are vinified in the most natural way, with spontaneous fermentations, no addition of nitrogen, bacteria, enzymes or aromatic additives, no sugaring, acidification or deacidification and no addition of Arabic gum.
The 2018 vintage reveals a straw-yellow color streaked with greenish, with an aromatic range that starts from yellow peach, dried apricot, litchi and wildflower honey, followed by kumquat, orange peel, honeysuckle and rose water, with echoes of hydrocarbons and wet flint. The round taste has a good intensity, with evident softness balanced by balsamic freshness and citric acidity, with an extremely aromatic retro-olfactory return in which emerges the overripe fruit and minerality, with a good length closure characterized by a slight sugar residual.
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