This is an exciting wine, not only because it’s like a breath of fresh, floral air to awaken the senses after a long winter, but also because it’s exceedingly more nuanced than a typical “everyday” Pinot Blanc. According to Félix Meyer, the 2019 growing season is to thank for a vintage conducive to structured, full-bodied whites with great acidity. The nose on this beauty blossoms with potent honeysuckle notes, rounded out by vibrant wet stone. On the palate, it’s all about pêche de vigne, a particularly heady French heirloom peach that embodies sweet and tangy perfection. Speaking of activating the senses, it would be a top-notch pairing for spicy curry dishes.
Before opening this bottle, and confident that it would pleasantly surprise, I asked my Burgundian husband what he’d expect from Alsatian Pinot Noir. “I wouldn’t expect it” was his candid answer. How Burgundian, right? But I couldn’t have said it better myself. Boxler’s Pinot Noir S—the “S” stands for grand cru Sommerberg—is anything but expected. Grown on granite soils that retain even less water than their limestone-rooted counterparts, the berries tend to be small and concentrated, ensuring certain robustness. Subtle smoky aromas lead to an ultra-ripe mouthful of black cherry flavors and a fresh, clean acidity that makes for a long, long finish. A wine with intense character and a dancer’s grace. Tasting is believing.
Despite its light, transparent color, this Pinot Gris has definite weight. Nutty aromas and a palate that evokes honeydew melon inspire me to recommend a well-packed cheese and charcuterie board to complement it. The French would call it an apéro dinâtoire, which simply means an appetizer so satisfying it replaces dinner.
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