October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
Aromatically subtler than the Pinot Blanc, with an exuberant, exotic palate reminiscent of marzipan, this distinctive Pinot Gris has plenty of body.
|Winemaker:||François & Félix Meyer|
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1988 and 2008, .55 ha (plus declassified Grand Cru and Lieux-dits fruit)|
|Aging:||Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks or oak barrels over a period of 1-3 months.|
Félix Meyer is a rising star in Alsace and has an evident instinct for his craft. Since taking over in the family domaine 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.
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
Inspiring Thirst, page 174