Daily Wine 11/10/17:
Domaine Ostertag – Fronholz – Muscat – Epfig – 2004
- This wine is 100% Muscat Ottonel from the Fronholz vineyard in the town of Epfig in Alsace of northeastern France.
- Vines are over forty years old and grown on soils composed of white sand, quartz, clay, and marl.
- Domaine Ostertag only has 0.3 hectares of Muscat Ottonel, but has 14.4 hectares total broken up into over 80 separate plots.
- The Fronholz vineyard is located on the top and the southwest slopes of the hill of Epfig and gives wines minerality, firm acidity, and elegant aromas.
- Ostertag means “Easter day,” and their coat of arms shows the Easter lamb carrying a battle flag.
- Domaine Ostertag was founded in 1966 and is run by André Ostertag and farms biodynamically.
- Alsatian territory has been handed back-and-forth by the French and Germans and influences of both are very noticeable here.
- The Vosges Mountains provides a rain shadow effect of the winegrowing region.
- Pair with fish and salads.