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Domaine Rietsch Tout Blanc NV LITRE

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Mittelbergheim, Alsace, France
Riesling & Auxerrois
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites

No-brainier Alsatian blended white in the outsized litre format and a nice price to go with it. It’s a blend of Riesling & Auxerrois from a couple of different vintages and serves as a great approximate style of the area. The expression here in Mittelbergheim gives the wine that reedy, deeply savoury quality. It’s also incredibly fresh, saline and has that quality of evaporating on the pallet rather than actually having to swallow. Yes, the litre format makes perfect sense.

The Rietsch estate has been in the family for seven generations and the land was previously used for tobacco and crops. It was Jean-Pierre's parents who started cultivating vines in 1970s, and handed on to Jean-Pierre in 1987. Although Jean-Pierre is now retired, he still contributes to daily runnings and is assisted by Pierre-Etienne Grieshaber. Le Main Verte is another contributing company, and coordinate the manual work in the vineyards yet the domaine is still very much driven by a family-led culture. The vineyard is naturally cultivated, with terroir at the heart of the operation and no use of chemicals.