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Domaine VALENTIN ZUSSLIN Pinot Noir 'Ophrys' 2019
Domaine VALENTIN ZUSSLIN Pinot Noir 'Ophrys' 2019

Domaine VALENTIN ZUSSLIN Pinot Noir 'Ophrys' 2019

$220

Only 19 left in stock
2022-05-02T23:59:00
  • 1 Bottle (75 CL)
  • A case of 6 Bottles (6 x 75 CL)*
*Case price discount: Buy a Case (6 x 75 CL) to get the best price for each bottle.

SKU:

79324515

 " Ophrys has the capacity to rock every party and makes you keep going for a second glass, bottle or—"Encore! Encore!"—even another case quickly."

  • Wine Region: Alsace - France
  • TerroirsBollenberg
  • Grape:  Pinot Noir 60% - Pinot Gris 40%
  • Color: Red
  • Farming: Biodynamic & Natural 

Ophrys is a shadow of cherry, an intimate orbit of red power. Ophyrs is named for the wild orchid, the bee orchid, that lives alongside the grapevines in the limestone terroir of Bollenberg. Lighter than any pinot but operating on more frequencies than any pinot noir as well. Marie and Jean-Paul make this wine by blending direct press pinot noir (no skin contact) and skin macerated pinot gris. The wine is then aged in wood tank. In the glass, it smells of cherry and wants to be eaten with some roast fowl, particularly peking duck.

Tasting notes: Elegant and delicate bouquet, with aromas of red fruits, spices, flowers and fine, silky tannins

92 / 100 Parker

Zusslin's 2016 Alsace Pinot Noir Ophrys is a fabulous new red wine from the domaine that is producing one of the finest red wines of the region anyway (Pinot Noir Bollenberg Harmonie). The Ophrys is named after a wild orchid found in the Mediterranean climate of the Bollenberg where the grapes were handpicked into 20-kilogram boxes. This is the first release of the Ophrys, and it has a bright purple color like Alsatian Pinot Noirs from the old days. The elegant, super delicate and seductive bouquet displays precise, fresh and spicy aromas of wild red and back berries, red berry pudding, sour cherries, flowers, refreshing tannins and the expression of an iron-rich, calcareous clay soil full of life and stones. Whole-bunch pressed during the night (but slowly and very, very gently), it was fermented like a white wine, with indigenous yeasts in open wooden vats but—nota bene!—of the dark mark of the just-racked (red) Bollenberg and Harmonie Pinot Noirs before it was racked and aged in large foudres for 18 months and bottled (unfiltered) in February 2018.

The 2016 Ophrys is the most tender temptation. Silky textured, fruity, fresh and subtle on the palate, this is only seemingly a lithe Pinot. In fact, it reveals stunning intensity and concentration as well as a persistent, alive-and-kicking finish with very fine tannins and stimulating grip from the skins and acidity! It is herbal and fruity in the aftertaste, as if you were biting on thick cherry skins. Bottled with 12.5% alcohol and a low dose of SO2. This is real, unmasked Pinot Noir and a wine you (and I) can't resist drinking. In its brightness, purity, spicy grip and freshness, it reminds me of the unsulfured 2010 Bollenberg Harmonie, an all-time Pinot favorite of mine. The 2016 Ophrys has the capacity to rock every party and makes you keep going for a second glass, bottle or—"Encore! Encore!"—even another case quickly. Tasted in the Mosel Valley and at home in March 2018. It's the first wine I have ever written a love declaration to. So far no reply, though, not even a magnum. Stephen Reinhardt

92 / 100 James Suckling

A deliberately pale, delicate and fresh pinot noir with tons of orange peel character, just a hint of tannin supporting the medium body. To be drunk slightly chilled, it is a unique expression of the grape with a lot of subtlety and a pronounced minerality on the long and lively finish.

90 / 100 Ian D'agata

The Zusslin family has a knack with Pinot Noir and this neatly spicy, floral red boasts a nice silky mouthfeel and good length. Won’t make you forget about Richebourg but this is really lovely and promising. Drinking window: 2023-2028

Established in 1691 by M. Jodocus CISLE (former name of Zusslin), Domaine Valentin ZUSSLIN is now run by two generations of the Zusslin family who are following in the footsteps of their forbears. The winery is based in Orschwihr, south of Colmar, and the vines are planted on the slopes of the Bollenberg, Clos Liebenberg and Grand Cru Pfingstberg.

Since 1997, the estate has been run in its entirety according to the principles of Bio-Dynamic culture. The vines are mainly worked by hand and a significant amount of time is devoted to caring for the soil.

Awarded the Robert Parker Green emblem in July 2021.

Size 1 Bottle (75 CL), A case of 6 Bottles (6 x 75 CL)*

Region

Alsace

Producer

Domaine Valentin Zusslin

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