Domaine Gerard Metz

Domaine Gerard Metz is located in the charming village of Itterswiller on the eastern slope of the Vosges Mountains in the heart of Alsace halfway between Strasbourg and Colmar.  The estate includes 12 hectares of vines with diverse soils including the exceptional Grand Cru Muenchberg and a small parcel in Heiligenstein where the rare Klevener is grown.  The vines range in age from 5-80 years, and the estate is run as organically as possible, with little use of chemical products (lutte raissonee).  Grape varieties produced include the full range of wines in Alsace, including Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Sylvaner, Klevener and Pinot Noir.

According to the affable and energetic winemaker, Eric Casimir, who married into the Metz family, harvesting is done by hand, and it usually takes four weeks to harvest all the parcels (more if late harvest wines are produced) as the different grape varieties and vineyard sites ripen at different times.  Particular attention is paid to the balance between sugar and acidity to ensure that the wines can be produced in a dry style with correct levels of acidity.  The clear intention is that these wines are meant to be drunk with food.  The grapes are pressed lightly to preserve their fresh aromas and fermented in temperature-controlled tanks for 20-25 days.  The wines are then aged on the lies for 2-6 months which enhances their aromatics and gives them a fine, rich texture on the palate.  The wines are bottled as gently as possible, minimizing the possibility of oxidation.

The hallmark of this estate is the pure and distinct expression of precise varietal character in both aromatics and on the palate which is largely a function of low levels of residual sugar.  The wines are finished dry and clean with plenty of ripe, fresh fruit balanced by crisp acidity.  As a group, they are excellent examples of the very attractive kind of food wines that can be produced in Alsace at reasonable prices.

The Cuvee Tradition line, now transitioning with the 2014 vintage to Melody with a new music theme label,  is made from the younger vines of the estate, 5-25 years old.  These are meant to be every day wines, fresh, bright, clean and true expressions of the varietals but no sense of terroir.

Also not to be missed is the noble blend called Harmony, a delectable mixture of Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Riesling.

The Vieilles Vignes level are made from single vineyards with vines ranging from 20-80 years old.  Older vines and lower yields result in wines that are much more concentrated with deep aromas and lingering finishes.  These wines also show a more clear sense of terroir, the influence of soil and sun exposure.

The Grand Cru Muenchberg has volcanic soils that produce amazingly rich and complex Riesling with fascinating minerality and intensity.  It is a true vin de terroir.

Les Enfants du Domaine are incredible late harvest wines finished dry or sweet depending on when they are picked.  Picking is determined by levels of acidity and botrytis.  Wines picked earlier before the acid drops are very concentrated, but have enough acidity to carry the sugar.  Wines harvested later with more botrytis and residual sugar are more traditionally sweet.

The Cremant D’Alsace is another favorite.  Winemaker Eric Casimir is a 3rd generation winemaker from Champagne and knows his way around sparkling wines.  They are methode champenoise, fermented in bottle, from wines of one vintage.

 

Wines Produced

Harmony
Harmony Rose
Pinot Blanc Melody
Pinot Gris Melody
Riesling Melody
Gewurztraminer Melody
Pinot Noir Melody
Pinot Gris Vieilles Vignes
Riesling Vieilles Vignes
Gewurztraminer Vieilles Vignes
Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes
Riesling Grand Cru Muenchberg
Klevener de Heiligenstein
Gewurztraminer Cuvee Megane
Cremant D’Alsace Brut
Cremant D’Alsace Rose Brut

Distributors

Maine: National Distributors
New Hampshire:  Vinilandia
Vermont:  Vermont Wine Merchants
Massachusetts:  Arborway Imports
Rhode Island:  Wine Brothers
New York:  Maximum Wine
New Jersey:  Maximum Wine
Michigan:  Crush Wine
Illinois:  Louis Glunz Imports
Montana:  Eagle Beverage

 

 

Melody2013 Gerard Metz, Pinot Blanc Cuvee Tradition/Melody

Family-owned estate produces wines with true varietal character and great purity of expression

The wines are finished very dry with extended lies contact for extra body and texture

Great aromatics   all stainless steel bright, crisp and fresh on palate  5-20 year old vines

 

 

 

 

Melody Pinot Gris2013 Gerard Metz, Pinot Gris Cuvee Tradition/Melody

5-25 year old vines   elevage in stainless steel  4-6 months sur lie   precise varietal character

Aromas of beeswax, spice and white flowers

Expressive apple, pear, quince on palate   creamy texture

Finishes long, dry and clean

 

 

 

 

Gewurztraminer2013 Gerard Metz, Gewurztraminer Cuvee Tradition/Melody

5-25 year old vines   elevage in stainless steel with 4-6 months sur lie   lovely aromatics of spice, tropical fruit and  flowers only 3g/l residual sugar

This is a very dry, spicy Gewurz designed to drink with food and not overwhelm the palate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riesling2013 Gerard Metz, Riesling Cuvee Tradition/Melody

5-25 year old vines  elevage in stainless steel  4-6 months sur lie   precise varietal character

Wonderfully aromatic and immediately identifiable as Riesling with minerals and fruit and fusil oil

With only 2g/l residual sugar and great acidity, it is one of the driest Rieslings you can find

It finishes very dry, fresh and crisp and is a terrific food wine

 

 

 

Harmony2014 Gerard Metz, Harmony

This proprietary cuvee is a delicious blend of Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Riesling   all stainless steel elevage to preserve brightness and freshness of the fruit

Wonderfully aromatic with complex fruit and a crisp, dry finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vieilles Vignes 2012 Gerard Metz, Riesling Vieilles Vignes

30-80 year old vines

All stainless steel with 6 months lies contact

Distinct Riesling aromatics with hints of fusil oil and minerality

Rich and spicy

Very dry, with great acidity and a crisp dry finish

Great food wine

 

Gewurztraminer Vieilles Vignes2012 Gerard Metz, Gewurztraminer Vieilles Vignes

30-80 year old vines   all stainless steel

6 months sur lie

At the dry end of the spectrum for Gewurz, but the old vines produce great concentration

Dry and spicy on the palate with hints of lychee

 

 

Metz Grand Cru2011 Gerard Metz, Riesling Grand Cru “Muenchberg”

30-50 year old vines   volcanic soil  elevage in stainless steel   6 months sur lie    4g/l residual sugar  7g/l acidity

14% alcohol  very distinctive mineral nose  which develops a fusil oil character with time

Full-bodied fruit on palate with layers of minerality and backed by knife-edge acidity

Long, crisp, clean, dry finish

Real grand cru quality

 

Klevener2011 Gerard Metz, Klevener de Heiligenstein

Rare Savignier Rose grape grown in Alsace only in Heiligenstein   very small production

Rich aromas of apples and pears

Layers of ripe fruit on palate balanced by crisp acidity

Fascinating and great food wine to match up with lobster, shrimp, scallops, poultry and pork

 

 

 

Megane2011 Gerard Metz, Gewurztraminer Cuvee Megane

Late harvest, but finished dry

28g/l residual sugar and 15% affected by botrytis

But has enough acidity so that the wine does not taste cloyingly sweet

Amazing concentration and richness

Very spicy and loaded with lychee character

Serve as aperitif, or as or with desert

Cremant D'AlsaceNV Gerard Metz, Cremant D’Alsace

Methode Champenoise (fermentation in the bottle)   90% Pinot Blanc, 10% Chardonnay

Rich and creamy on the palate with persistent, tiny bubbles    lovely fruit with a dry, clean finish

 

 

 

 

 

RoseNV Gerard Metz, Cremant D’Alsace Rose

100% Pinot Noir    Methode Champenoise, fermented in bottle   2 years age in bottle     salmon pink in color

Aromas of berries and cherries     fine bubbles

Dry and clean with a long creamy finish    great value