Domaine Marcel Deiss Alsace Grand Cru Altenberg de Bergheim 2010

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Wine Advocate 95 - Like its 2011 counterpart, the Deiss 2010 Altenberg de Bergheim is strikingly floral, but tends toward bitter-sweet and elusive perfume of iris and lily-of-the-valley. The influence of quinine and black tea as well as a welcome suggestion of fresh peach and citrus juiciness serve as more effective counterpoint and push-back to the wine’s prominent sweetness than is the case with the 2011. A gorgeous sense of openness and levity prevails here, with quince and nut pastes subtly complimenting the prominent impression of liquid floral perfume on a silken and expansive palate, leading to a prodigious finish at once caressing as well as stimulating in its dynamic interaction of flower, fruit, and mouthwatering mineral salts. The family resemblance to a great moelleux-style Chenin Blanc has to be taken as somehow a feature inherent to this site as well as to the variegated varietal mix in Deiss’s plantings there. This superb libation should merit following through at least 2035.

Vinous 95 -  Bright straw. Perfumed aromas of nectarine, apple blossom, minerals and honey. Wonderfully vibrant and penetrating, offering complex flavors of pear, lime, honey and lemon custard freshened by a stony underpinning and very brisk acidity. Finishes extremely long and pure, with honeyed minerality and a hint of lemon zest.

Lots of sliced apple, pineapple and slate. Dried mango too. Full body, off dry. Spicy, tropical fruit. A blend of grape varieties from riesling to muscat. Drink now.

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