Beck-Hartweg Pinot Noir 'Dambach-La-Ville' 2019
Alsatian Pinot is classically more rustic and spicier than its heralded Burgundian brethren, and this is no different. It's positively alive in the glass. Fleshy red fruits jump out, acid is right on and there's some added smoky complexity for those looking for it. Banging. Drink chilled.
Region/Country: Alsace, France
Grape/s: Pinot Noir
Production Method: Organic/biodynamic farming. Hand harvested and destemmed grapes undergo a intracellular fermentation (juice still inside the berry) from gravity whilst macerating for a week, before being pressed to tank for maturation.
Style: Ripe and rustic with fragrant aromatics and refreshing presence.
This is a truly classic Domaine, with roots dating back to the 16th Century in Alsace. Current proprietors Florian and Mathilde are the 16th generation, it's fair to say that grape growing and wine making flows through the family. These two are pushing things forward, and are one of the leading lights of this emerging Alsatian style, it's really progressive for this most traditional of regions. They are blessed with some outstanding vineyards, of which there are many, and top vine material. When Alsatian wines are good they are often world beaters. We're headed that way. Organic certification was achieved in 2011, and everything in the vineyard is done to promote natural diversity. Vinification is controlled, albeit with wild yeasts and there are no additives used at any stage.