No-brainier Alsatian red in the outsized litre format and a nice price to go with it. It’s one of those easy, nimble reds that blends Pinot Noir with a white grape, Pinot Gris, for some extra lift. The red grapes give a tart, crunchy quality, maybe a little bit green, then the Gris makes things pleasingly juicy and add some lovely aromatics. There’s also some graphite mineral notes at work at the core (insert pencil shavings description cliché) that elevate this above the level of simply delicious fruit juice. Just remember to serve it chilled!
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.