Gentil d'Alsace, Meyer-Fonné
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Gentil d'Alsace, Meyer-Fonné - 2018

Item # 22081 750mL
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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

This very aromatic and floral Alsatian wine from the village of Katzenthal is based on Pinot Gris blended with Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Muscat. The winemaker at Meyer-Fonné is a Zind-Humbrecht disciple, so there is some richness on the palate that is exquisitely balanced with acidity.


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Staff Pick Notes

In Alsace, there are a couple ways that white wine blends are denoted. The most common is the Gentil, and the rules for that are as follows: 50% of the grapes must be Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Muscat, and those wines must be vinified separately and then blended. It's not a field blend like a Edelzwicker, where anything goes and usually does. Gentil just means nice in French, and this wine is definitely a nice one. Here the breakdown of grapes is 50% Riesling, 25% Muscat, 20% Pinot Blanc, 5% Sylvaner and Pinot Gris. Félix Meyer is a third generation wine maker who is known for his brilliant blending and use of old wood to add texture and depth to his wines. Beautiful aromatics with fresh fruit and white flowers are showcased, and the mouth feel is pleasant and more structured than I would have expected without heavy.

- JGM

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