Domaine Mersiol Crémant d’Alsace Brut

Alsace

The Family
Located on the hillsides of Dambach-la-ville in the Alsace region of northeastern France, the Mersiol family heritage dates back to the 18th century. The first bottle has been sold in 1946. In 1960, the Estate was expended with the marriage of Guy Mersiol to Anne-Lise Ruhlmann whose family owned an adjoining Estate. These wines are now sold as “Domaine Mersiol”. 12 hectares are now planted; 3.5 of which are classified as Grand Cru Frankstein. All wines are Estate grown, vinified and bottled. Joined by their son Stéphane in 2000, the Estate is now cultivated on an organic way (started in 2006) to extract the delicate minerality from our terroir made out of granite. The family firmly believe that the quality of their wine depends above all on the quality of the vines, they cultivate the vineyards in an ecological way without any use of herbicides, pesticides or any chemical fertilizer. In order to fertilize the soils, they have theuir own flock of sheep that takes cares of the vineyards after the harvest. 100% organic vines & wines (Ecocert certification) their ecological production management system promotes and enhances biodiversity, paying particular attention to the health of the soil. This biodiversity makes for excellent soil structure by providing a complex root system at varied depths. These roots (as well as their breakdown) provide organic material and aerate the soil. This in turn promotes microbial activity.
The Sommelier notes:
[x] During a three-year cycle, we use a tool for mechanically cutting the grass between vines and rows (working on every other row). During the fourth year we then till the soil (also using an “inter-vine” method) in order to avoid too much competition between the plants and the vines. This scheme can be adapted to suit the age of the vines and the type of soil.
[x] We only manipulate the superficial layer of the soil to preserve its original structure. In order to maintain the balance achieved, we avoid packing our soil wherever possible (use of light machinery – small crawler tractor, quad bike, low-pressure tyres – and optimization of movement within the vineyards). With the benefit of controlled growth and microbial activity, the vines become less susceptible to parasites.
[x] The plants growing in our vineyards – proof that the soil is healthy and well-balanced – are often edible: lamb’s lettuce, Queen Anne’s lace, bear’s garlic, dandelion, horse mint, many-flowered onion, etc. Other plants include clover, vetch, camomile, chickweed, wild tulips, two varieties of daisies, bluebells, cornflowers, poppies, carnations, veronica, wild pansies, violets, etc.
[x] Grape variety : 40% Auxerrois, 30% Riesling, 30% Pinot Blanc
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Terroir : granite
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Vine age : 15 years
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Surface : 100 ares
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Density : 5000 vines / hectare
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Yield : 55 hl / ha
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Pruning: Double Guyot
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Harvest : hand picked
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Viticultural method : Agriculture Biologique (certifié Ecocert)
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Vinification : cold static clarification during 48 hours after pressing. Slow regulated fermentation in stainless steel between 15 and 18°C during 1 month.
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Elaboration : traditional method with the second fermentation in bottle. Ageing in bottle between 24 and 30 months ”Sur Latte” (in contact with the yeast for complexity).
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Tasting: A well balanced sparkling wine – fresh and lively, with elegant aromas of citrus fruits, nuts, toasty bread and flowers. The mouth has lively, vivacious and exuberant character with elegance and finesse.
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Food matching: Ideal to drinks with friends as an aperitif, cocktail and garden parties, nights spent enjoying every moment until dawn’s early light, informal fish and seafood dinners, “nouvelle cuisine” surprises…
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Other info:
Serve around 7°C.
Drink now for freshness but can be kept several years in cellars.
Wine made with grapes from the organic farming.
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Technical analysis:
Alcohol : 12,20% vol.
Residual sugar : 5,40g/L
Tartaric acidity : 6,45g/L
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Villa Teresa Prosecco

Venetia

745335

The Winery
The company, established in 1936 by Pietro Tonon, follows his important teachings: constant research, great attention to the vineyards, vintage selection and careful processing to take wine to the tasting. Today this is backed by technological innovations with respect to tradition and the product. The ageing and maturation of our best wines take place in small oak casks. Our company belongs to the association for the protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. since its foundation. From the heart of Conegliano Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. land: the production zone includes a territory comprising 15 communes. The vines are grown only on the sunniest part of the hills, at a height between 50 and 500 metres above sea level. In order to protect the excellence of this heritage donated to man by nature, in 2010 the appellation D.O.C. has been upgraded to D.O.C.G., a guarantee of prime quality for each bottle. The VILLA TERESA® range of wines is designed to offer customers a product close to wine grape growing traditions. For this reason the grapes used come from naturally cultivated vineyards where the vine and its fruit are carefully nurtured without using chemical agents such as synthetic fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides or genetically modified organisms. The VILLA TERESA® wines are certified ICEA with regard to production, winemaking and preservation.
The Sommelier notes:
[x] Careful selection of grapes mainly picked in Veneto region.
[x] No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are used. Absolutely no GMO.
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x] “White”: the must is immediately separated from the skins to enhance freshness and
fragrance. The prise de mousse takes place at low temperature in pressure tanks.
[x] Pale straw yellow colour with fine bubbles. Fruity and acidulous wine, slightly aromatic with notes of honey and flowers.
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Villa Teresa Prosecco Frizzante Rosé

Venetia

744321
The Winery
The company, established in 1936 by Pietro Tonon, follows his important teachings: constant research, great attention to the vineyards, vintage selection and careful processing to take wine to the tasting. Today this is backed by technological innovations with respect to tradition and the product. The ageing and maturation of our best wines take place in small oak casks. Our company belongs to the association for the protection of Conegliano Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. since its foundation. From the heart of Conegliano Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. land: the production zone includes a territory comprising 15 communes. The vines are grown only on the sunniest part of the hills, at a height between 50 and 500 metres above sea level. In order to protect the excellence of this heritage donated to man by nature, in 2010 the appellation D.O.C. has been upgraded to D.O.C.G., a guarantee of prime quality for each bottle. The VILLA TERESA® range of wines is designed to offer customers a product close to wine grape growing traditions. For this reason the grapes used come from naturally cultivated vineyards where the vine and its fruit are carefully nurtured without using chemical agents such as synthetic fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides or genetically modified organisms. The VILLA TERESA® wines are certified ICEA with regard to production, winemaking and preservation.
The Sommelier notes:
[x] Made from Merlot and Raboso grapes coming from the province of Treviso, along the banks of Piave river. No synthetic fertilizers or pesticides are used. Absolutely no GMO.
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Denomination: Veneto Protected Geographical Indication
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Winemaking: “White”: the must is immediately separated from the skins to create a lively pink colour and enhance freshness and fragrance. Natural fermentation on selected yeasts at controlled temperature.
[x] Tasting Notes: Intense vivacious pink colour, elegant and fruity aroma.Fresh on the palate with notes of wild strawberry.
[x] Food Pairing: Ideal with soft cheese and salami, great with fish. Pleasant as aperitif and between meals.
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