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2021 Gentil d’Alsace

Meyer-Fonné
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You’ll often see terms like “steely,” “flinty,” or “bracing” to describe white wines. Indeed, those types of white wines are often among our favorites. However, sometimes steely or flinty just isn’t what you’re looking for. Perhaps you’ve been experiencing steely, bracing weather for the past several months and are yearning for something gentler. I tasted Félix Meyer’s Gentil d’Alsace on a blustery day after a big late-season storm, and it only took one sip to remind me that spring was around the corner.
     Gentil d’Alsace is a blended wine with rather strict requirements. At least half of the blend must consist of some combination of the four noble Alsatian varieties: Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. After that, Sylvaner, Chasselas, and Pinot Blanc are also permitted. Additionally, all the constituent grapes must be vinified separately and meet quality standards before being blended. Though quite affordable and made for everyday enjoyment, Gentil is arguably more labor-intensive to vinify than an Alsatian grand cru.
     Félix’s wines are renowned for their stunning aromatics, and this is no exception. Exotic, perfumed notes from Muscat swirl around classic Riesling aromas like pear and nectarine. A beautiful pale straw color belies the dense stone fruit on the palate. The wine has tension and texture, and it finishes with hints of nuttiness and a lemon zest twang. Now, after all the work that went into producing this lovely wine, all that’s left to do is open a bottle and enjoy.

Dustin Soiseth

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Riesling, 25% Muscat, 20% Pinot Blanc, 5% Sylvaner and Pinot Gris
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Meyer-Fonné
Winemaker: François & Félix Meyer
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Alsace

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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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