A Fantastic Riesling by Mélanie Pfister
I’m going to admit that I’m biased here because I love everything that comes from Alsace. So, for a Riesling from a Grand cru, made by a woman winemaker, I would vote with all my heart (and palate) for this wine!
Mélanie Pfister Engelberg Riesling 2016 is the definition of an electrifying wine with exponential bursts of acidity! This wine makes your palate almost freeze in time, until it recedes in slow motion to the present moment. Soon after, it will leave you asking for another thrilling sip. The Alsace Riesling is wonderfully balanced and elegant. With a pale straw color, hints of resin, and bright minerality, this wine faithfully embodies its terroir, its limestone soil, and unique microclimate in every drop
How to Pair This Riesling?
If you are a fan of Riesling like me, then this wine will put you in the mood for cheese and food. As much as this wine shines with sophistication, it can equally summon simplicity and richness in food.
I suggest pairing it with creamy saffron risotto and seafood!
But this wine is perfect with Alsace-style cheese like Munster, or Alpine washed-rind Cheese.
The beautiful acidity in this Reiesling is also a good match for Gruyères and Tomme de Savoie.
Serve at 7-10°C/45-50°F
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Who is Mélanie Pfister?
Mélanie Pfister, the eighth generation of her family, is a young and dynamic winemaker in Alsace. She took over the family business that goes to 1780, with the 2006 vintage. Mélanie earned her wine diplomas in the universities in Dijon and Bordeaux. She got her training at many prestigious wineries in France including Zind-Humbrecht, Méo-Camuzet, Château Cheval Blanc, and Château d’Yquem. In 2021, Domaine Mélanie Pfister was fully certified organic, and she began converting it to biodynamic agriculture.
With a long line of wines produced in the family winery, Melanie is committed to the tradition of making dry, aromatic, and well-balanced wines, boasting a distinctive mineral character. She will continue to make her wines in the signature style of her father and her grandfather.