When Connor asked me to pick my favorite Alsatian wine to write about that we carry, I found myself incredibly torn. Our Alsace section has three of my favorite producers from that region: Domaine Weinbach, Albert Boxler, and Marcel Deiss. How to choose? Falling back to the core of what drives me in my wine journey which is “is this particular wine adding to the conversation”, add to that a rebel at the center, and I have my wine.
When I think of Marcel Deiss I always think of Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen (don’t ask, because I don’t know why). Deiss has been a rule breaker, an I-don’t-care-what-you-think type of winemaker. He has never labeled his Cru wines with the grape varietals which used to be the ‘law’ in Alsace, but he has always been about the ancient way of making wine before the makers even knew about a specific varietal and concentrated more on the expression of the land.
This entry level Alsace White that we just brought in is an expression of his terroir and is a blend of 13 varietals. It is on the fuller side of medium weighted, with a nose of lemons, white peach, pineapple, and white flowers. The palette is lush and viscous with a soft but firm acidity that holds it all together. A truly good wine, from a great producer to enjoy with any informal meal, hot or cold entrees, ranging from salad to fish, sausages, or chicken.