Meyer Fonne Riesling Reserve (750ml)
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Felix Meyer’s grandfather founded the domaine in the late 19th century. He took over the domaine in 2005 and has modernized the winery and continued to expand the family’s vineyard holdings to include some grand cru vineyards in Alsace, all while staying in touch with tradition and respecting the terroir. Felix is a master blender and skilled winemaker; he blends wine from different parcels and ages his wines on the fine lees in old foudres, as was the tradition in Alsace.
Félix uses no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides to treat the vines. Cover crops are planted in every other row in the vineyards. Some vineyards are plowed, but certain parcels can be plowed only once a year because any more would erode the soils. He treats the grapes with the same individualized care, harvesting by hand and gently loading them into the press. The use of native yeasts during fermentation makes the process longer and slower, creating a more lush texture.
The Riesling Reserve has a pure, elegant nose, with mineral notes of aniseed and citrus. As a dry, mineral wine it is ideal for serving with fish, seafood and shellfish.
Crafted from organically farmed Riesling grapes that were planted in 1969 and 2006 on gray marl, granite, alluvial and limestone stone. Some of the grapes in the cuvée are from declassified Grand Cru sites and lieux dit. The grapes are hand harvested and gently pressed in a pneumatic press for 4-10 hours, and then the must is left for 24-36 hours to allow the heavy lees to settle. Fermented 1-3 months in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks or neutral oak with wild yeasts. The wines are racked two weeks after the fermentation has completed, and kept on the fine lees until the mid-May bottling.
I can’t get over the incredible value of this wine. The grapes are harvested from a few plots that would barely cover two soccer fields and are farmed organically. Some of the vines are 50+ years old and a portion of the grapes even come from declassified Grand Cru vineyards!
With floral and ripe apple aromas, this dry and plush Riesling finishes perfectly with a quick smack of acidity. Pair with everything from spicy Thai take away to creamy cheeses.