April 2021 Wine Club White

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2018 MEYER-FONNÉ EDELZWICKER
Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. He is the third generation in his family to be making wine in the domaine his grandfather founded in the late nineteenth century. Since taking over the family domaine in 1992, Félix has already left his own mark, modernizing equipment in the winery, developing export sales, and now expanding the family’s holdings in many of Alsace’s great vineyard sites, including several grand crus.

It’s all about the details at Meyer-Fonné, with an emphasis on tradition and respect for terroir. The winery and family home is in the village of Katzenthal, known for its distinctive granite soils. Racy and elegant, his wines are difficult to resist young but have all the right qualities for the cellar. For aromatic and textural seductiveness, no one in Alsace can top Meyer-Fonné.

Here is what Anthony Lynch, Kermit Lynch’s son, has to say about Edelzwicker: “If you are indecisive, on a budget, or simply don’t have time to taste your way through the plethora of Alsatian whites on offer, then Edelzwicker may be the wine for you. This ‘noble blend’ combines the region’s principal grape varieties in one lip-smacking, liter-sized bottle of fun, perfectly capturing the magic of Alsace at bargain cost. Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Chasselas, Riesling, and Pinot Gris star in this white that smells like a bouquet of flowers, tastes like a basket of ripe fruit, and finishes dry as . . . something very dry.”

The 2018 Edelzwicker is a blend of 55% Pinot Blanc, 15% Muscat, 15% Riesling, 10% Chasselas and 5% Pinot Gris. The grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press and the must (the resulting juice) is left for 24-36 hours to allow the heavy lees to settle. Then fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks or oak barrels. The wines are racked after fermentation and kept on fine lees until bottling.

This white pairs well with blue cheese, Gouda, gruyere and manchego, and is another wine to sip on the deck or patio.

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