Melanie Pfister’s star has risen! This stunning 2018 Alsatian dry Riesling from Melanie Pfister’s 2-acre Grand Cru Engelberg vineyard parcel is the PROOF.
A few years ago, she gained recognition when her 2016 Grand Cru Engelberg Riesling was included in Wine & Spirits’s the “Year’s Best Wines from Alsace” where the Riesling selections included the usual grand cru suspects from Weinbach, Zind-Humbrecht and — the most iconic (and expensive) –Trimbach’s Clos St. Hune. Melanie has now earned her stripes with this 2018. The 2018 Engelberg is definitely the finest wine she has ever released. She is one of the most dynamic and talented young winemakers in France.
“Engelberg, or Angel’s Hill, is a south-facing hillside vineyard that was praised for its wine as early as 884. The topsoil here is positively Spartan–averaging 20 inches in depth–sitting on a mound of limestone mother rock into whose cracks the vines root (the rock was so pure that a quarry was established in the middle of the slope and produced lime into the 20th century). Mélanie farms less than two acres here, all located in the prime mid-slope zone of this exceptional northern grand cru. The combination of a cooler site, limestone soils, and painstaking organic farming with deft winemaking make for a piercingly dry, elegant, yet fabulously rich style of Riesling that can deliver symphonic complexity in top vintages like 2016 and 2018. Want to know why Riesling is considered one of the world’s finest white wines? Try a glass of this an hour after opening and see.”
To learn more about the Grand Cru vineyards of Alsace, but particularly Engelberg click HERE!
"A masterpiece of cool elegance, in spite of this being the warmest vintage in living memory! Pristine with crystalline purity and a totally mineral personality, this also has great white-peach, fresh-pineapple and citrus-blossom character. So focused and energetic at the super-long finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." - 97 points, James Suckling (June 7, 2021)