The 2013 Grand Cru Mambourg has a clear, deep, pure and complex mineral nose that is clearly dominated by the oligocene limestone of the terroir and the freshness of the vintage. This nose reminds me of a great Meursault. Full-bodied, round and rich, this is a highly complex and firmly structured, but elegant and finessed, Mambourg with a long, pure and salty finish with great grip and tension. Highly expressive and persistent, it is a great Alsatian Grand Cru, indeed. It was fermented in aged in Burgundian Allier pièces (of which 20 to 25% were new) until the bottling in September 2016. Deiss's Mambourg has been planted with 12,000 vines per hectare and the leaf wall is just one meter instead of the more common 1.80 meter height. This is to have low yields with just 14% of potential alcohol, but real (phenolic) maturity and good acidity.
Bright, gold-tinged yellow. Captivating aromas of stone fruits, mango, ginger and mint. Supple and suave on the palate, with ripe acidity framing the intense flavors of lime, pineapple, botanical herbs and crushed stone. Much less massive than usual for this wine, in a more graceful style that is impossible to resist. Did they harvest just a touch sooner than usual this year? Finishes long, with pure lemon verbena, grapefruit and peach nuances. Mathieu Deiss also finds the wine to be rather pretty: "It’s an almost unlikely Mambourg, in which an atypical lemony acidity provides lift and daintiness."
Firm and well-cut, this medium- to full-bodied Pinot Gris is aromatic, with accents of honeycomb and furniture polish on the nose and flavors of crunchy green pear, mandarin orange peel, smoky mineral and slivered almond on the palate. Presents a lasting, saline-tinged finish. Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Beurot. Drink now through 2028.
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