Domaine Mersiol Riesling 2018


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 : 100% Riesling
[x]Terroir : granite
Vine age : 40 years
Surface : 220 ares
Densité : 4500 vines / hectare
Yield : 55 hl / ha
Pruning: Double Guyot
Harvest: hand picked
Viticultural method : Agriculture Biologique (Ecocert certification)
Vinification : cold static clarification during 48 hours after pressing. Slow regulated fermentation in stainless steel between 15 and 18°C during 1 month
Tasting: A dry distinguished Riesling with elegant citrus fruit notes like lemon and grapefruit. The palate shows a refreshing minerality with white flower aromas.
Food matching: A gastronomic wine to accompany fish, shellfish, seafood, white meats and, of course, Alsace Choucroute. (”Cedar Plank Fish with Citrus Horseradish Crust”, ”Shrimp with Mustard Seeds and Ginger”…)
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