Wine Advocate 95 - A multifaceted and seductive aromatic melange of musk, gardenia, heliotrope, marzipan, quince, preserves, citrus oils and herbal essences greets me from the glass Deiss 2008 Altenberg de Bergheim. The creamy richness of quince paste and marzipan backed by residual sugar and high-glycerin while accomplished by inner-mouth florality puts me somewhat in mind of a great Chenin. Confectionary and baroque, this nevertheless preserves a remarkable sense of levity, vivacity, and primary juiciness, so that its long strands of finishing flavour seem to undulate and vibrate in their kaleidoscopically complex interaction. This extraordinary testimony to its site and to the co-plantation that is Deiss's mantra ought to be worth following for the next 20-25 years.
The cuvée Altenberg de Bergheim 2008 of the Doamine Marcel Deiss is a blend of every Alsatian varietal. It comes from a majestic terroir in the heart of a geological faults, which form a calcareous-clay dominated soil. It has an amber robe and it is spectacular on the nose. It is a true explosion of light and elegant savours. One can notice exotic fruit, candied lemon and acacia honey notes. The vintage 2008 of the Altenberg de Bergheim Marcel Deiss is vibrant,creamy and rich on the mouth. On the palate, this Alsace grand cru reveals a perfect balance with acidulous and fruity notes, as well as a beautiful depth.
Food pairing: To taste on fresh or pan-fried foie gras, a chicken with honey and lemon, Thai cuisine, slightly spicy.