Domaine Mittnacht Freres Cuvée Gyotaku 2016


SKU 02863


Founded in 1958, Mittnacht Freres is a boutique, family-run estate in Hunawihr of Alsace. We had the great pleasure of visiting this 20-hectare estate in October of 2014 and meeting the conscientious Christophe Mittnacht who produces spot-on, expressive, beautifully made wines from traditional Alsace varietals. He employs fervently organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard, believing that biologically complex, complete soils are essential for producing original, meaningful wines. In Alsace, it is very important to own parts of Grand Cru vineyards, and this domaine has holdings in the Grand Cru Rosacker (in which Trimbach’s fabled Clos-St.-Hune is located), as well as excellent parcels between Ribeauville and Riquewihr, whose vines are the source of Mittnacht’s terrific varietally labeled wines. This Gentil blend is composed of 40% Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois, 30% Dry Riesling and 30% Pinot Gris, Dry Muscat and Gewurztraminer. As an avid foodie and husband of a Japanese-born chef, Christophe created this blend specifically to serve with sushi and sashimi. 'Gyotaku' is a traditional Japanese art form created by pressing paper onto a fish covered in ink, hence the wine's name.

Christophe Mittnacht was the first organic vintner in small village of Hunawihr, and now he proudly told us that there are six. He works with his cousin in the vineyards and at the domaine, and they have been organic/biodynamic since 1999. One of the reasons we wanted to visit Alsace was because of this commitment to organic viticulture. Christophe told us that 15% of Alsace is organic, versus 3% in all of France. The town of Hunawihr only has 500 residents, so to say it is a small town is a lovely understatement. Located 20 kilometers from the Black Forest of Germany and running along the Vosges Mountains, Alsace has a continental climate, enjoys a glacial air influence and has incredibly complex soils which include chalk, granite, sandstone, fossilized shrimp and more. The key is for the roots of the vines to dig for minerals and bring the salinity into the wines, which help to make these wines so special.
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Alsace
Brand Domaine Mittnacht Freres