Pfister has been making wine since 1780, and since 2006, Mélanie Pfister, the 8th generation of the family, has managed the estate’s 25 acres of clay and marl. The estate is in the process of conversion to organic viticulture and will be certified in 2021. This wine is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot blanc, fermented cold in stainless steel with ambient cultures, then aged for two years en tirage before disgorgement.
Pale yellow, it offers breezy aromas with notes apple blossom and jasmine, ginger and biscuit. The palate adds savory notes and a sense of hazelnut and pastry. The finish is expansive, long, opulent, and flowery. The sugar is a merciful 3.4 g/L, so the richness comes from ripe fruit and lees aging rather than raw sweetness. A great wine for crispy fried snacks and firm cheeses.
2015 Pfister Blanc de Blancs Crémant d’Alsace
12.5% abv | $19 (sample); imported by Vintage 59