Biodynamic since 1997, Domaine Ostertag is renowned for producing wines with concentration, depth and immense personality.
In an act of rejection against the official classifications dictated by the A.O.C., he made up his own categories: Vins de Fruit that express fruit character rather than that of a specific vineyard site, Vins de Pierre reflecting the terroir from which they originate, and Vins de Temps that rely on time and weather to encourage the development of botrytis.
2018 marks a new start to the estate with the takeover of Arthur, the son of André Ostertag. With a sensitivity as sharp as his father for whites, he brought his touch in 2016 to a few vintages and notably advanced the reds.
Old vine Muscat Ottonel. Fronholz refers to the compulsary wood harvest duty (‘bois de corvée’) peasants had to carry out to the benefit of the local lord in the Middle-Ages. The atypical, and rare, South West exposed vineyard benefits from a unique position as it is separated from the Vosges Mountains by a little plain: the small hill then stands on its own. In the 1980’s, the INAO turned down the Grand Cru appellation for the site. The soils are composed of sandstone, clay and sand. It is a very crystalline terroir with some quartz pebbles. Hand harvested. Aged 12 months on lees in stainless steel vats. Dry wine (6g/l)
A lovely mix of gentle rose petal, sandalwood and honeysuckle perfumes the nose. The palate has an earthy element, grounding these flavors and a texture of silky peach skin, along with soft peachy fruit. The body is light and lifted—an almost weightless pleasure—but with concentration and lasting flavors. This is a compact bundle of aromatic joy.