2020 Domaine in Black Mariage Plus Vieux9675938
WINEMAKER: Lambert Spielmann
VARIETAL: Silvaner, Gewürztraminer
REGION: Alsace, FR
VITICULTURE: Certified Organic/Biodynamic
"This site sits on clay and is co-planted with silvaner (60 years old) and getwürtztraminer (30 years old). The silvaner was directly pressed and then whole berries of gewürtztraminer were added to the tank until bottling. This is tasting SO good...with delicious and inviting fruit aromatically and balanced tension and freshness on the palate. It's drinks as a light orange wine and the texture has more phenolic presence than the very slick and suave 2019 wine. Super delicious this." - Campbell
Former social worker Lambert Spielmann began making wine while working with Yves Amberg back in 2016 and, since then, has also worked with Christophe Lindenlaub. Today he farms in excess of 10 parcels which still only amount to roughly 2ha. From the 2019 harvest, all of Lambert's wines have been farmed solely by him. He leases the majority of his vineyards from Yves Amberg and one from Florian Beck-Hartweg.
His sites have been certified organic since 1997 and Lambert's work in the vineyard today is carried out biodynamically (not certified). Passages with the tractor are limited to one occasion each year, with pruned canes being mulched in one row and soil very lightly in the alternate each year. Copper and sulfur are used very sparingly, while willow and yarrow are among the primary plants used in tisanes to apply to the vineyard. Throughout the growing season Lambert doesn't trim shoots at all, preferring the tressage system of 'braiding' the shoots which reduces growth of laterals and retains the apex of the vine and ultimately allows the plant to be in better balance.