Grape(s): Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Auxerrois
Localization: Alsace, France
Tasting Notes: This sparkling wine from Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Auxerrois is bright and zesty aromatically, offering up scents of apple, white peach, a touch of menthol, lovely minerality, and a top note of dried flowers. On the palate, the wine is fullish, crisp and very refined, with good intensity of flavor, frothy mousse, and fine mineral signature on the vibrant finish.
93 points Wine Enthusiast: Gentle notes of Golden Pearmain apples are both mellow and fresh on the nose of this wine. The fine foam on the lively palate makes everything creamy, yet the body remains exquisitely slender. This wine is elegant, bone dry and long.
Food pairing: Great as an accompaniment to a meal, from the apéritif to the dessert.
The Domain: As early as 1780, Nicolas Pfister lived as a "bourgeois wine-grower" using the farm buildings that are still in place today. The estate and how-know were subsequently handed down from father to son, in the traditional manner.
There was a turning point in 1972 when Alfred Pfister handed over the business to his son André. With the support of his wife Marie-Anne, the latter would implement a new approach, resolutely forward-thinking and designed to benefit future generations. Having inherited the expertise of the six previous generations of wine-growers, he soon decided to devote himself to ecologically responsible wine-growing while modernizing facilities and equipment. The work carried out on the vines and in the cellar pursued the single objective of obtaining the highest quality fruit and wines, bearing the hallmark of their terroir.
The latest chapter in the story has seen the arrival on the estate of Mélanie, the eighth generation of Pfisters, and the first woman in the line of succession. Trained in Bordeaux and then Dijon as an engineer and oenologist, she intends to apply her knowledge and diverse practical experiences to the ongoing quest for perfection that epitomizes the estate.