White Blend, 2020. Maison Robert Olivier

White Blend, 2020. Maison Robert Olivier

Item #: U0422W1
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: White Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Alsace, France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Fresh Flowers, Peach
Palate: Engaging, Tropical
Finish: Very Crisp
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Seafood, Fowl, Vegetarian/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection was created by the famous Alsace house of Biecher. The estate was founded in 1762 and is still run by a descendant, Jean Biecher. The vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic. The wine is fermented on natural yeasts with very little sulfites added. In other words, it is made as it was nearly 300 years ago.

We find it very interesting to note that organic farming is the "new" thing with wineries. Casting off herbicides and pesticides seems to be the order of the day. Yet when you think about it that was the only way wine was made 300 years ago. Thus, it begs the question, just how "new" is organic farming? Clearly, these wineries wouldn't still be around if the wine they made wasn't accepted.

Edelzwicker is a term fused from the German words "edel" (noble) and "zwicker" (blend). The term has been used since 1644, when the so-called noble varieties in Alsace were differentiated from those judged to be of lesser quality. Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Muscat fell into the noble category, while Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Chasselas, and Auxerrois were relegated.

Today, the name simply refers to a blend. In this case it is a cornucopia of grapes sporting 26% Riesling, 25% Gewurztraminer, 22% Silvaner, 17% Pinot Grigio / Gris and 5% Muscat. The flavors are as varied as the variety, showing intense floral and peach notes with pear and honey. It would be just the ticket for a shrimp salad or crab cakes.

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