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.
“One of our goals has always been to be the most accurate in the expression of the Terroirs that we vinify. For go further in this process, we have done the choice in 2016 to no longer produce the “Harmonie” cuvée and replace it with two more parcel selections precise: the Luft and the Neuberg. This choice was also made in view of the demands of Premiers Crus beginning to appear in Alsace. To produce this very limited cuvée (less than 1000 bottles) we followed different steps: maceration for two and a half weeks (after three sorting drastic and total destemming), punching down 3 times a day manually only. Aged for 15 months in piece, with about 10% new wood. This piece of wood nine corresponding to the new parts added to our cellar and benefiting from a drying time for the wood higher (42 months instead of the usual 36) for refine the contribution of tannins to the maximum.”
The Neuberg expresses all the power of the hill of Bollenberg, with aromas of ripe red fruits and
candied and a salty mineral tension on the finish. Everything is accompanied by silky tannins with a very fine touch.