Pinot Blanc Tradition, 2018. Emile Beyer

Pinot Blanc Tradition, 2018. Emile Beyer

Item #: L0720W4IF
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Pinot Blanc
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Guava, Peach
Palate: Lilting Apple
Finish: Lip Smacking
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Emile Beyer is no less than Alsace royalty. The winery was founded by its namesake in 1792 and is now supervised by the 14th generation of the Beyer family. The winery is located in the center of Alsace and was the first place to produce wine there. In other words, it all started here.

From its history to its wines, Alsace is one of the most unique areas on Earth. It was annexed by France in the 17th Century from Germany. Germany took it back in the 19th Century, lost it after WWI, took over 20 years later, and lost it after WWII. As a result, though in France, it's more German than French. The names are German, the grapes are German, and the language is German. More than 90% of the wine is white, and, unlike most European wine areas, they are named by the grape, not the appellation.

Our wine is labeled Pinot Blanc Tradition, which has a very specific meaning here. It is 70% Auxerrois and 30% Pinot Blanc. Since there are minimal differences between the grapes, it became a tradition to blend them. And call it Pinot Blanc, most likely because Auxerrois (pronounced oh-zer-wah) isn't easy to say.

Regardless, the wine is nothing short of stunning. The clean, vibrant flavors of guava, lime zest, and jasmine tea are just what is ordered for a lobster salad shrimp in a spicy tomato broth with smoked paprika.