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2020 Sylvaner “Oolithe”

Meyer-Fonné
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Felix Meyer named his stunning Sylvaner “Oolithe” after the oolitic limestone it grows in; composed of tiny, spherical sediments whose name derives from the Greek word for egg. Typically formed in shallow marine conditions, the soil echoes of the ocean, imparting racy minerality to a variety often overlooked in favor of better-known Alsatian counterparts. This bottle gives some of my favorite grand cru Rieslings a run for their money with a nose evoking peach skin and pear and a palate that ripples with fresh acidity. Exciting and expressive, it’s my new go-to bottle for a night of Japanese takeout. Perfect with everything from briny seaweed salad to crispy karaage and, of course, it sings with fresh fish.

Allyson Noman

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Sylvaner
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Meyer-Fonné
Winemaker: François & Félix Meyer
Vineyard: Planted in 1983 and 1987, .12 ha
Soil: Oolitic limestone
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Alsace

map of Alsace

Tragically, Alsace might be the most misunderstood wine region of France. In spite of its long history of viticulture and tremendous diversity of pedigreed terroirs, a past fraught with marketing mishaps has left consumers baffled as to what exactly to expect inside one of these mysterious tall, thin bottles.

The good news, on the other hand, is that a new wave of quality-oriented growers is working hard to put Alsace in its rightful place as one of the world’s most fascinating sources of fine white wine. By embracing tradition, respecting terroir, and making a concerted effort to better communicate the countless virtues their wines have to offer, they have succeeded in putting Alsace back on the map.

Crafted from a number of grape varieties and beautifully interpreting the region’s mosaic of soil types, our Alsace imports are by and large dry whites offering exceptional versatility at table. While each of these selections is ready to be uncorked tonight, the finest among them are also capable of maturing for many, many years in a cool cellar. Expect kaleidoscopic aromatics, lively acidities, and loads of terroir transparency in these skillfully crafted masterpieces. Enjoy a foray into the thrilling world of the world’s most underrated wine region, and certainly do not hesitate to contact our sales staff with any questions as you take off on this mouth-watering adventure.

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Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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