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Domaine Rietsch

Domaine Rietsch, "Pinot Noir" 2019

Domaine Rietsch, "Pinot Noir" 2019

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About the wine

This is a concentrated and velvety smooth middle-age-vine Alsatian Pinot with aging potential (though given some extended time to breathe, is very, very pretty at the moment) from Domaine Riestch in Mittelbergheim, Alsace, France.

Tasting: A brooding stunner from Rietsch -- very pleasant red-fruit in the palate at the center of a huge herbal bouquet, anywhere from white orchids to rosemary and star anise. A heady complex wine with even-keeled acidity and light-medium body that really benefits from a chill and a lengthy decant as it's fairly tight upon first opening. Do not underestimate the aging potential either as it very well could be showing its best in the next five years or so.

Vinification: 100% Pinot Noir hand-harvested from vines grown in the clay-limestone soils of Mittelbergheim, Alsace. The grapes are semi-carbonically macerated (i.e. whole-cluster) for 15-days. Spontaneous fermentation takes place (ambient yeasts; no temp. control) in vat along with slight sulphiting (total <26mg/L). Élevage lasts for 7 months in vat. Coarse filtration on cellulose plate before being bottled unfined and with no additional SO2.

The Producer: Domaine Rietsch

The Rietsch estate has been owned by the family for seven generations. Previously, the land was used for growing tobacco and crops. However, in the 1970s, Jean-Pierre's parents began cultivating vines and passed them on to JP in 1987. The domaine still maintains a strong family-led culture. The vines are grown naturally, with a focus on terroir and without the use of chemicals. Sulphur is only used in the cellar when absolutely necessary.

The wines are made using a low-pressure pneumatic press to ensure a gentle extraction. The fermentation process is slow and always uses indigenous yeasts. Jean-Pierre, tired of producing late-harvest, off-dry wines from his more aromatic grape varieties, was one of the first growers in Alsace to experiment with maceration.

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