2018 Melanie Pfister Rendez-vous en Blanc, Vin de France (750ml)
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Pale golden hue. Lovely bouquet of stone fruit and citrus mingled with delicate ﬂoral notes. The palate is bright yet layered, with mouthwatering acid and ﬂavors of ripe nectarine, Bartlett pear, and peach pit, with a swath of chalky minerals on the long, elegant ﬁnish.
Mélanie Pﬁster’s family has been making wine in Dahlenheim since 1740. The small village (under 800 residents) is located in the Bas-Rhin (the northern part of Alsace) approximately 15 miles west of Strasbourg and lays claim to a long winemaking history. Mélanie is the eighth-generation winemaker in her family. Of the ﬁve independent wineries in her village, Pﬁster is one of only two who make dry wines; the other three are solely dedicated to the production of sweet wines. Today, the family owns 10h of vines that were planted over two generations—ﬁrst by her grandfather in the 1960s and then by her father in the 1980s.
Mélanie’s father was a pioneer. He began the practice of Conservation Viticulture in the 1980’s, a time when most others were spraying crops with pesticides and using synthetic fertilizers. He stopped spraying and instead began to plant grass and cover crops to fertilize the vineyard and protect the topsoils, where they act as mulch. The cover crops were selected by their use; some had big roots (aerating the soil and stopping erosion), some had small thin roots (water retention) some brought nitrogen to the soil—and they all increased biodiversity. Pﬁster is now completely organic, and were certiﬁed in 2021.
Mélanie took over in winemaking in 2008, producing ﬁne-tuned wines of elegance and precision. This stunning white wine is a blend of 36% Pinot Blanc, 28% Pinot Gris, 28% Riesling and 8% Gewürztraminer, all declassiﬁed from Alsace! Each varietal was raised for around 18 months in stainless steel on its lees before being blended and then bottled. Under the Vin de France appellation it can be bottled in a more familiar Burgundy bottle rather than the traditional tall Alsatian bottle. Dry, fresh, and aromatic, the Rendez-vous en Blanc is an easy, delicious preface to Alsace!