Andrew Guard

2016 Pinot Gris ‘Réserve’, Meyer-Fonné

The 2016 Pinot Gris Réserve offers direct, intense and elegant aromas of ripe and orchard fruits along with discreet but telltale smoky aromas and crushed stones. In the mouth it is fresh, vibrant and shows good clarity and definition. It is an elegant wine with a full body, intense and ripe fruit and it is lifted by the perfect amount of refreshing acidity, as well as a lingering grip and salinity.

It has 7 grams of residual sugar so not totally dry but dry styled - in Germany their top level dry wines are labelled Großes Gewächs and those can bottled with up to 9 grams residual sugar.

When visiting winemakers in Alsace, it rarely happens that a vigneron spontaneously mentions any nearby colleagues, and it is good manners of an importer to not bring up the subject. But I now understand that there is great admiration of the Meyer-Fonné among his Alsace colleagues, and especially admired is the technical skill that Félix Meyer possesses. This brilliant 12 ha domaine exploits vineyards in seven communes.

Félix Meyer is one of the bright stars in Alsace producing excellent wines from his property in Katzenthal.