Nature 2018 — Pinot Noir
A Wine That
boggles the mind. There is such depth to be found in this bottle, yet the wine is light as a feather. It's like looking at an eagle—a powerful creature yet one that flies with seemingly no effort required. It tastes like the lightest of Beaujolais Crus with its smashable raspberry fruit, but yet it has the undergrowth seriousness of grand cru Burgundy. It's a wine that will make you cock your head to one side; a wine that will stay on your mind long after the bottle has gone.
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- Winemaker: Domaine Rieffel
Where and How?
‘Nature’ was first made in 2004, and comes from 30 year old Pinot Noir vines grown on a variety of plots in the town of Mittelbergheim, which includes parts of the Zotzenberg Grand Cru. Soils here are varied, and include clay and sandstone silt, as well as pure limestone marl found in the heart of Zotzenberg. The bunches are kept whole and left to macerate for 16 days, before being left together with the lees in old barrels for six months, where malolactic fermentation is allowed to soften some of the tartness in the juice. Bottled without filtering, fining or sulfites.
Here in Mittelbergheim, Alsace – just a dozen miles from the German border – Lucas Rieffel is farming and making wines of the future. These are not your typical charming-but-old-school Alsatian wines; rather they are emotive, jolting wines that show an entirely new face of Alsace. It’s like seeing an old friend with an entirely new look. Sylvaner – far too often the underdog – takes its deserved place as Ace of Spades in this hand.
What’s more, the humble Crémant produced here might be the quiet one at a table sat next to its Champenois counterparts, but if there’s one worth betting on for pure drinkability and deliciousness–this is it.
Why? The answer is much simpler than you might think. In Lucas’ words:
“I’d rather be a farmer than a commercial director.”