The White Wine Trifecta – Muscat Ottonel, Riesling and Pinot Gris
When I thought about creating the white blend for Le Bec Fin, I choose three varietals in tribute to my birth region in France - Alsace.
These particular three grapes are all close to my heart and are considered to be “Noble grapes” within the region of Alsace. The term Noble Grape refers to recognizable varieties that reliably produce high-quality wine.
Within Alsace - Muscat Ottonel, Riesling and Pinto Gris - are also used within a blend named “Gentil”. Which is a particular assemblage and reserved for AOC Alsace wines fulfilling the superior-quality blending standards. Nobel, Gentil, Special - but there were also additional reasons I brought these grapes together.
Muscat brings the floral notes, Riesling provides elegance and finesse and Pinot Gris enhances the body and richness.
Blending these grapes together makes the wine attractive, showing flattering bouquet, some aromatic, floral and fruity notes and harmony.
On the palate the wine is generous, soft and supple with a hint of shyness and subtlety.
This white blend really pairs well with almost anything, but my favorites are pairing with a big plate of Oysters with lemon or shallots vinaigrette or a wonderful dish of scallops with white asparagus and Hollandaise sauce.
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