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.
Even with zero sugar, there is clear sensation of sweetness on the initial attack, but that is contraposed by minerality and salinity in the mid-palate and extended finish. Solid beam of acidity throughout. Alsatian terroir, with mostly dry and sunny summers, allows for excellent ripening of grapes. That, in turn, encourages low or no dosage and very dry wines—thus this brut zéro. Brut zéro wines emphasize terroir and pureness of the fruit. Medium yellow-gold color; citrus, honey, white fruit, brioche on the nose; pure, intense, and delicate flavors of lemon, green apple, honey, minerality, salinity on the palate.