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Wine Tasting Note: Marcel Deiss ‘Bennwhir’ Pinot Blanc, 2003, Alsace, France.
Available from Oddbins for £8.99.
So the Deiss Pinot Blanc - a medium gold hue and a pleasant if not terribly dynamic aroma. The dry palate has a distinct prickle and an abundance of lightly spiced pear and melon flavours. Medium to full bodied. Pure and clean with an edge of minerality to the steely dry finish. Nice enough, didn’t get me terribly excited to be honest especially at £8.99. However, this was without food. Fish Cakes with Watercress Butter and new potatoes were planned. How did it fare? Well, it went OK but not a great match. This may have been due to the watercress butter (chopped watercress, orange zest, garlic and fresh root ginger mashed into butter) which had far too much garlic. A simple roast chicken or the 'classic' onion tart may have been a better match.
Scribblings Rating - 86/100
Marcel Deiss produces his wines using biodynamic viticulture. Pinot Blanc, which I often look down on as a poor imitation of Pinot Gris, is in fact a white mutation of Pinot Noir, as is Pinot Gris. PG offers me more body (generally and especially from Alsace) and depth of flavour. Lea and Sandeman offer a full range from this producer - many of which sound superb!