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Mittnacht-gyotaku
Color:
White
Body/Type:
Light Bodied
Style:
Traditional
Size:
Bottle, 750 ml
Winery:
Domaine Mittnacht
Grapes:
Pinot Blanc and Riesling
Serve At:
46°-54° F
Region:
France > Alsace

Mittnacht Gyotaku Cuvee Vin d'Alsace Gentil France 2013 Gentil is defined by the combination of 4 "Noble Grapes" 40% Pinot Blanc, 30% Riesling, 10% Muscat, 10% Pinot Gris, 10% Gewurztraminer Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese art form created by pressing paper onto a fish covered in ink. This 'gentil' is specifically made for sushi, created by both a French winemaker & a Japanese chef. Aromatic yet dry with enough character to stand up to soy and wasabi.

A family-run estate begun in 1958, Mittnacht Freres is a domaine to watch. While relatively low on most folks’ radars (in this country at least), this 20-hectare estate produces spot-on, expressive, beautifully made wines from traditional Alsace varietals. Run by the conscientious Christophe Mittnacht, the domaine employs organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard, believing that biologically complex, complete soils are essential for producing original, meaningful wines. The domaine has holdings in Grand Cru Rosacker (in which Trimbach’s fabled Clos-St.-Hune is located), as well as excellent parcels between Ribeauville and Riquewihr, whose vines are the source of Mittnacht’s terrific varietally labeled wines. Trust us: with this kind of quality, they won’t remain under the radar for long!

For centuries this swath of land roughly 15 miles wide has been bandied about by conquering armies, spoils of war like any other. This violent fluctuation, as Jancis Robinson puts it, creates an ambivalence amongst the people towards their winemaking. Neither wholly German nor wholly French, but a blissful combination of both, the wines of Alsace when optimally realized are unique gems in the pantheon of wines. Varietals tend towards the Germanic types, while the winemaking sense is much more French in nature, veering more to a dry style. Unlike most of France, however, Alsace producers usually place the varietal name clearly on the front of their bottles.

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