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2005 Marcel Deiss Gewurztraminer Quintessence SGN


France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
France Direct wines are sourced from individual cellars in France. They ship directly to our Napa warehouse each quarter.

ITEM 8543858 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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Deep, brooding nose combines exotic orange oil, pineapple and rose oil; perfumed but quite fine. Then opulent and silky but almost magically fresh, with bracing acids underscoring the purity of the grapefruit, clove and nutmeg flavors.


Marcel Deiss

Marcel Deiss is a 52-acre estate in Bergheim, in the Alsace. Jean-Michel Deiss is the current winemaker and he descends from a long line of winemakers. The Deiss family has been making wine in Bergheim since the 18th century and Jean-Michels’ son Mathieu is now working with him. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that Jean-Michel “has been growing some of the finest wines in Alsace for more than a quarter of a century…” Parker notes that Jean-Michel started replanting in the 1990s with the goal of making single vineyard wines. The estate makes well-reviewed Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and a portfolio of red and other white wines.


France, Alsace

Alsace in northeastern France is so close to Germany that the wines of Alsace and Germany are often confused. Both are typically sold in distinctive, slim, long-necked bottles, and are made from the same grapes. Alsace has never officially been a part of Germany, though it was occupied by the German military in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wine writer Hugh Johnson has noted that despite German influences, Alsace’s “soul is entirely French. Alsace makes Germanic wines in the French way.” In contrast to German wines, Alsace wines generally are very dry, with a higher alcohol content and riper, more scented fruit. Alsace has 33,000 acres of vineyards, many of them in the picturesque foothills of the Vosges Mountains. The grapes of the region are Sylvaner, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is also grown, though it is mainly used for Rosé wines. Alsace’s most admired wines are its Rieslings, which since 1985 may be designated as Grand Crus. Some 50 vineyards in the region have been classified as Grand Crus, and are allowed to use the appellation on their labels. Unlike all other French winemaking regions, Alsace labels are varietal, meaning that a wine made of Riesling, for example, is called Riesling. Official Alsace appellations include Cremant d’Alsace for sparkling wines.