"Gyotaku" Terre d'Étoiles, Mittnacht
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Organic

"Gyotaku" Terre d'Étoiles, Mittnacht - 2022

Item # 24336 750mL

A blend of local grapes from parcels in the villages of Hunawihr and Ribeauvillé. The vines are planted on clay and limestone-based soils are are, on average, 30 years old. Fermented with native yeasts and then aged in large old barrels.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


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Staff Pick Notes

Gyotaku (from gyo "fish" + taku "stone impression") is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the 1800s. In this bottle Domaine Christophe Mittnacht has curated a wine that is built to shine when paired with fish, particularly Sushi. The winery was established in 1963 and converted to biodynamic cultivation in 1999, becoming one of Alsace's first certified wineries. Using native yeast, fermenting and resting in large oak foudres, this wine is based on tradition methods. Leading this blend with Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, this wine is very aromatic and equally structured. The prominent note to me was the apricot like tang from the vibrant of Gewurztraminer. Call this a "fish wine" would be a great disservice. This wine is serious business, but it was a blast to drink!

- EC

Glossary

Alsace

Located on the eastern border of France, on the west bank of the Upper Rhine, adjacent to Germany and Switzerland, Alsace represents the intersection of two wholly different wine cultures that have given birth to a third. Once part of the Holy Roman Empire, Alsace was gradually put under French sovereignty during the 17th Century and eventually made one of the provinces of France. Yet, as evidenced by the persistece of a dialect of Upper German in the region even today, Alsace's ties to Germany...

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Gewürztraminer

You won't likely forget your first "Gewürz," as they're some of the most distinctive and recognizable wines in the world. They are usually heavily perfumed with rich lychee and rose aromas. The variety is cultivated all over the world, but the best examples tend to come from Alsace: these are full-bodied wines with a golden color. The pink-skinned Gewürztraminer does best in cooler climates, which allow the grapes to develop good balancing acidity. This is a necessary attribute of any...

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Pinot Gris

Pinot Grigio is an Italian synonym for the French Pinot Gris variety, but many more people have had Pinot Grigio than a Pinot Gris. At its most basic level, the grape produces varietals that are smooth and easy to drink, and perfect with a huge range of dishes that just beg to be paired with a fresh white wine. There is an entire spectrum of Pinot Gris/Grigio, however, the best of them being subtly aromatic and deeply colored, with formidable structures. Most of Italy's Pinot Grigio is grown in...

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