2012 Marcel Deiss "Berckem" Alsace

SKU #1249317 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From low-yielding younger vines in '1er' and Grand Cru sites in Bergheim (Keuper marl and Jurassic limestone soils) the semi-dry 2012 Berckem is only the second vintage of this complantation of 13 Alsatian grape varieties and, according to Jean-Michel Deiss, it is 'richer and broader' than the 2011, which I haven't tasted. The wine is is super ripe, intense, and aromatic on nose and palate, but very fine at the same time. Sweet and dense but very precise, salty and structured by a fantastic acidity which gives pleasure and vibrancy to this stunning wine. 'We found 47 old Alsatian varietals in Vassal, which are more rustic and have a higher acidity than our modern Super 7,' says Jean-Michel, 'but we need these characteristics for our identity.' Jean-Michel Deiss is one of the greatest intellectual personalities in Alsace and one of the most influential avant-gardists in viticulture, winemaking and wine marketing. To him (and also his son Matthieu, who is with him in the vineyard and the cellar), Alsace is a too complex and too versatile wine region to be downsized to just the seven flavor profiles of the 'Big Seven' grape varieties which -- due to high yields and wrong pressings -- used to make all Alsatian Rieslings, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and so on, taste the same in the 1970s. (SR)  (10/2015)

90 points Vinous

 Medium deep golden-yellow. A hint of surmaturité greets the nose, along with aromas of ripe peach and canned pineapple. At once large-scaled and fresh, this rich, ripe, tropical-fruity wine manages to stay relatively light on its feet. (IDA)  (4/2015)

K&L Notes

The "Berckem" is composed of up to 13 different Alsatian varietals which are estate grown by the Domaine and situated around the village of Bergheim. They are harvested from the limestone and marl soils as one and then also pressed and vinified together as well. Richer and rounder in the aromatic with a backing of floral lift and Gewurztraminer spice poking through. Definitely has good power running through the finish with a good balance of sweet fruit to lighten it up on the back end. Needs decanting. (Eric Story, Alsatian Buyer)

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