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.
(…) This wine is just beautiful in its deepness, perfect fruit ripeness, concentration, purity and and spiciness. There are coffee and black tea aromas intermixed with black berries and even floral/herbal and spicy terroir aromas. This 2011 is a hidden beauty! Silky textured, pure and elegant on the palate, obviously with low sulphur (23 milligram per liter total), this is a concentrated, juicy and vibrant Pinot full of energy and tension. The tannins are firm and pure, coming from the grape skins instead of the oak, and they structure this powerful and juicy yet finessed, balanced wine with ease. The finish is very long and fleshy, revealing a perfect ripeness and natural concentration. Bottled in August 2012, this is great and characterful Pinot Noir d’Alsace! [93 Points, Stephan Reinhardt – February, 2017 – robertparker.com]