Winemaker: Christophe Mersiol’s wines embody the Alsace’s signature blend of fruit, flowers, and freshness. He attributes the exceptional purity in his wines to organic agriculture. They’re humble, well priced, and just delicious.
Varietal: Pinot Auxerrois is a relative of Pinot Blanc, known for its viscosity and round, soft mouthfeel. In the wrong hands it can be flat and muted, but Mersiol’s is lively and fresh, full of energy and flowers.
Wine: The 2018 Auxerrois has just arrived, and it’s delicious: straightforward, utterly drinkable wine. The nose shows green apples, honey, stones and wildflowers. The mouth is dry, smooth, and fresh, with tropical notes of mango and pineapple. At 12% alcohol it’s lively and crisp.
Pairing: This is perfect background music — a glass to enjoy while you’re doing something else. Pair with a good book or cheese on crackers.
Mersiol Auxerrois 2018
bottle price: $18
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