Mélanie Pfister Engelberg Grand Cru Riesling 2021

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Engelberg means ‘Angel’s Hill’ and it’s an apt name for such a special vineyard.

It’s south-facing and based on soft yellow limestone soils, where the roots can grow deep and therefore produce grapes of great finesse and complexity.

Mélanie tells me 2015 was quite a warm vintage. But given they’re in the northern part of Alsace, which is cooler and more exposed than the rest of the region, the wines have ended up nicely mature and ripe, but with great balance.

The nose here is amazing - I get candied lemons, pomegranate, limey-mineral flavours… all sorts. On the palate it’s balanced, persistent, smoky and juicy - with a long long finish. Powerful stuff.

Make sure you pay special attention to this wine when you enjoy it - it’s really worth savouring.
Wine type White
Grape(s) Riesling 100%
Country France
Region of origin Alsace
Appellation Alsace Grand Cru Engelberg
Vintage 2021
Alcohol % 13
Oak? No
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 25 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 270
Soil type(s) Limestone and clay
Closure Type Natural cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes, Fair'N Green certified
Suitable for vegans? Yes, without certification
Ageing potential 20 years
Ideal drinking window 2022-2030

Mélanie is the 8th generation of her family to run the Pfister wine business. She’s based in the village of Dahlenheim, in the northern part of Alsace and just west of Strasbourg.

Read more about Melanie.

Coq au Riesling: in Alsace, we eat chicken with a sauce made of white wine (Riesling), with mushrooms and on the side spätzle (kind of local pasta)

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