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Region
Alsace
Grape
Sylvaner, Chasselas, Pinot Blanc
Farming
Biodynamic
Vintage
2016
Notes
Unfined/Unfiltered

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Marc Tempé

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Based in the small town of Zellenberg (population 300), Marc Tempé unapologetically crafts some of the most nuanced, terroir-expressive wines in Alsace. The domaine was started in 1993 when Marc and his wife, Anne-Marie, combined vineyard holdings from both of their families, forming the 8.5ha of the domaine today. Initially working as a lab technician and vineyard expert for the INAO, Marc used his experience to immediately convert the vines to biodynamics and has been an ardent practitioner since. After harvesting by hand, the fruit is pressed off extremely slowly, which helps keep the natural acidity much higher than many in the region. Depending on the vineyard size, quality, or grape variety, fermentation occurs in either old foudres or Burgundy barrels, and always with native yeast. In fact, when additional barrels are needed, Marc will only buy from growers who also work biodynamically. The wines are then allowed to find their own balance, resting on their lees in barrel for a minimum of two years (some of the Grand Crus age for nearly four years). Not only does Marc believe this helps emphasize terroir, but it also helps him keep sulfur levels as low as possible. At bottling, there is no fining, and filtering only if necessary.

-MFW

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