100% - Riesling
By any estimation, Alsace is one of the planet’s greatest places to grow Riesling,” writes The New York Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov.
Alsatian Riesling is largely ignored by most wine lovers and all but forgotten, by association, in the press. Those Members who know better are already gloriously hip to the treasures of these wines. For the rest of you, here is a real treat--not to mention a real deal.
While Germany is famous for its largely sweet Riesling, the typical Alsatian version of the grape is dry and meant for drinking with food. In this example, from the celebrated Alsatian house of Michel Fonné, Riesling’s juicy, piquant acidity is at the forefront, bringing in notes of lychee and citrus zest. A mineral-hewn palate impression and tightly wound, even nervy finish calls for spicy cuisine, anything from the sea and exotically spiced dishes. In fact, this dry white excels where few wines do and is perfect for Thai and Vietnamese flavors.
Robert Parker has called Fonné’s “René Barth” portfolio a “scarce commodity, distinctively delicious yet modestly priced.” We happily raise our glasses to that novel concept!
Four reasons we love it:
Dijon-trained oenologist Michel Fonné, one of Alsace’s leading winemakers, bottles a portion of his family’s holdings under the name of and in deference to his uncle Barth René.
Fonné is an ardent proponent of environmentally conscious farming and one of the founders of TYFLO—a local organization that provides official recognition for sustainable agriculture in the region.
This dry Riesling comes from sustainably farmed, estate-owned vineyards in the commune of Bennwihr. The area has a long wine-growing history, dating back to at least the 8th Century.
Rating the 2012 vintage in Alsace, the Wine Spectator writes: “a reduced crop with pure and elegant whites with good ripeness.”
This sustainably farmed, dry-styled Alsation Riesling from winemaker Michel Fonne is a perfect example of the bridge between the German and Austrian styles for this grape. Its delicate bouquet, the fine balance between its dry personality, its distinguished fruitiness and its natural vitality contribute to its exceptional richness. As the house style dictates, it is vinified dry.
Riesling can be enjoyed throughout the meal, also with Alsace specialties, shellfish, seafood, quality fish, sushi/sashimi, white meats in white wine sauces or spices, pork dishes and refined spicy or Asian dishes.