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Andre & Lucas Rieffel NATURE Pinot Noir 2018 (750ml)

Multiple generations of the Rieffel family have lived in Mittelbergheim and the family house and buildings date to the 15th century. Lucas is the third generation in terms of bottling and commercialising wine and has been fulltime on the domaine since 1996.

Some of his key influences come from André Ostertag and Patrick Meyer, in the nearby villages of Epfig and Nothalten. André can be considered as the father of the new wave (père de la nouvelle vague) that brought in the acceptance of the use of barriques for white wine in Alsace amongst other changes. Patrick is one of the renowned/infamous/famous/mythical/real “Gang of Four”  (Les Quatre Mousquetaires).

This group helped to set up and consolidate the natural wine (vins nature) movement in Alsace, with its focus on expression of terroir through organic farming and minimal friggin around with the resulting pressed grape juice. Lucas’s influences are now extended to his local contemporaries and also a wider network of well thought-out producers, like Julien Guillot from Mâcon and Fabien Jouves from Cahors.

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