by Anthony Lynch
CRÉMANT D’ALSACE BRUT • MEYER-FONNÉ
Fine crémant is a great affordable alternative to Champagne—it’s been said before and it bears repeating. But in this case, I suggest throwing comparisons out the window and enjoying this gorgeous sparkler for what it is: a sublimely crisp and elegant reflection of its Alsatian origins. Equipped with unrivaled aromatic charm—high notes of candied lemon dancing over a gentle creaminess—this crémant’s lingering finish brings to mind citrus and stones. If you want a Champagne, buy one. If you are looking for a delicious, out-of-this-world sparkling wine, Meyer-Fonné, as usual, delivers more than you’d hoped for.
$24.00 per bottle $259.20 per case
2012 ALSACE BLANC • KUENTZ-BAS
The Kuentz-Bas Alsace blanc is a blend of Sylvaner, Pinot Auxerrois, Chasselas, and a touch of Muscat. Vinified just barely off-dry, it has a heady perfume that could be described in a painfully long list of obscure flowers and fruit sub-varieties. Instead, I opt for the following descriptors: smile-inducing, spirit-lifting, day-brightening, giggle-inspiring, worry-reducing. And a hint of peaches.
$13.95 per bottle $150.66 per case
2012 PINOT GRIS “RÉSERVE” • MEYER-FONNÉ
My KLWM colleague Jennifer Oakes recently asked me, “What do you like most about Meyer-Fonné’s Pinot Gris?” I paused. Was this a trick question? Certainly it’s the seductive aromatics, hinting at pit fruits and citrus, which make the wine a delight to sip on its own. But then its ravishing texture—creamy and mouth-filling with a lively-up-yourself nervosity—makes it the perfect partner in crime for a pork chop or all sorts of cheeses. “That’s a tough question,” I mumbled through a satiating mouthful of Pinot Gris.
$26.00 per bottle $280.80 per case
2012 GEWÜRZTRAMINER “VIGNOBLE D’E” • OSTERTAG
Ostertag leaves a slight residual sweetness in his Gewürztraminer, lifting its exotic fragrance to the next level while ensuring a smooth, elegant mouthfeel. This bottling is brimming with bright fruit, captivating the senses before an uplifting kick of spice marks the finish. If you’re like me, you’ll sniff and sip over and over to relive the thrill.
$37.00 per bottle $399.60 per case
2012 PINOT NOIR “E” • OSTERTAG
When we think of Pinot Noir in relation to terroir, it is natural to jump straight to Burgundy. But here we have a Pinot that will challenge your perception of both the grape and what is possible in France’s easternmost region—by and large white wine country. André Ostertag’s Pinot Noir, from gravelly vineyards around his hometown of Epfig, presents aromas of fresh fruit and a distinct earthy minerality. And to expand the notion of terroir, it helps to know that the wood used for the barrel aging of this wine comes directly from the Vosges Mountains, just miles from the vineyards!
$30.00 per bottle $324.00 per case