About This Wine
Muenchberg means “mountain of the monks” and was first planted in the 12th century by the Cistercian monks. The total size of the Grand Cru is 17 Ha, and Ostertag owns 2.05 Ha, of which 1.65 Ha are planted with Riesling. Muenchberg is one of the most unique grands crus of Alsace because of its very particular soil of red sandstone and volcanic sediments. The vineyard is based in the village of Nothalten. It is a wonderful south-facing amphitheatre of vines in a closed valley in the Vosges foothills, protected at the west by a big mountain. m). The altitude ranges between 250 and 300m which prevents from excessive heat and helps to keep all complexity in the wines. Like all the domaine's vineyard the Riesling vines are farmed using biodynamic principles, and certified organic. The Muenchberg Riesling has incomparable elegance and length, with a delicate and fleshy structure. In has charming entry and stretches out on a fine and everlasting finish, nearly salty and full of texture, so typical of the Muenchberg.
Alsace is a unique wine region in North Eastern France, bordering Germany and having also been under German control for much of its existence. Due to this influence, unlike other French regions, wines from Alsace are mostly single varietal bottlings and are also labelled with the variety. They also are legally required to use a tall slimmer bottle called flûtes d'Alsace, that is also commonly seen with German wines.
Almost all the wine produced in the region is white (90%) except for Pinot Noir which is used mainly for sparkling wine. Alsace is most known for its Riesling, which is dry, fresh and floral in its youth but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Following behind is Gewurztraminer with signature spice and beautiful lychee aromatics. The smell of this wine is intoxicating, it is used to make dry but also late harvest dessert wines. Pinot Gris is also a prized variety of the region with its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavours.
In Autumn humidity builds up to facilitate the development of “noble rot” to produce late-picked sweet wines. In Alsace there are two classifications for late harvest wines: Vendange Tardive (VT) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (SGN). VT for regular late harvest wines and SGN meaning grapes affected by noble rot.
Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Auxerrois, Chasselas and Sylvaner.