The Domaine Marcel Deiss is located in Bergheim, Alsace. The Deiss family has deep roots in Bergheim as wine growers since the mid 18th century. The current winemaker, Jean Michel Deiss has a commitment and personal integrity to dedicate the time in nurturing of vines in specific terroirs which produces wines of unique distinction, originality, and authenticity.
Gruenspiel, considered by the domaine to be a vineyard of distinction, translates to checkerboard. The name is appropriate as it is in reference to the heterogeneous nature of the surface soil consisting of torrential sandstone deposits, sometimes gneissic granitic, placed on a matrix of deep lacustrine Keuper marls. The grape varities from this terroir, riesling, pinot noir and gewurztraminer, guarantee the wine an astounding length, a slight tannic structure and a roundness from the touch of minerality evident in the wine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 93
"From a red marl-gravel above Ribeauville, the 2007 Gruenspiel is another of what Deiss calls his “white red wines,” and, indeed, there the blend is one third each Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling. Green tea, red currant jelly, and overtly chalky and alkaline mineral suggestions on the nose all remind me a bit of a top-notch Chassagne Morgeot. An exchange of peach, musk melon, red currant, and lemon underlain by chalk on a dense palate offers energy and impressive grip, and this finishes with its sweetness restrained by strong, almost ineffable minerality and red wine-like though fine tannin. It should be tremendously fascinating to follow over at least the next 10-12 years, and absolutely devilish to present to the unsuspecting wine sophisticate blind."
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 91+
"Highly complex aromas of strawberry, blood orange, brown spices and flowers. Then juicy, tight and quite closed, showing limited texture today but terrific structure and grip. Very pure, juicy wine that will require at least four or five years to reveal its character. My score should turn out to be conservative."
Wine Spectator (WS): 93
"Ripe and fleshy, but backed by well-cut acidity that shows good intensity and finds subtle integration with the lush flavors of crystallized honey, pure apricot, candied orange peel, ground clove, anise and nutmeg and dried mint, with a hint of Sherry-like iodine and a long, mouthwatering finish. Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir."