2007 Martin Schaetzel Pinot Blanc Reserve

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Jean Schaetzel is obsessed with quality. He is a man driven to make pure, clean, balanced wines that are correct and express a sense of place. He is not interested in making giant wines in the style of some of his neighbors, favoring more elegant, understated wines with subtlety and finesse. His wines are considered among the best of Alsace. Located in the town of Ammerschwihr, Domaine Martin Schaetzel has been producing wines since 1803. In 1979 Jean and Béa Schaetzel took over the estate from Jean’s uncle Martin. Jean handles the viticultural and oenological development of the wines, while Bea directs administration. The 13 hectare Domaine is farmed biodynamically.

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Staff Image By: Patty Torrel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2009 | Send Email
This French white wine variety is member of the Pinot family, but has been overshadowed by its rather famous cousins: Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Undistinguishable from Chardonnay in Burgundy for years and losing rank to Riesling in Alsace has taken its toll on this lesser known Pinot, but being lost in anonymity and losing clout is not going to keep a good grape down! Pinot Blanc is inching its way back into the spotlight with the help of a few quality producers…one being Martin Schaetzel. This Alsatian Pinot Blanc has a gorgeous polished-brass color and smells of candied orange peel, red apple, peach, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Though full bodied and rich with flavor, the palate comes through crisp and balanced due to the presence of substantial acidity. This is not an assertive white and is content to play a supporting role at the dinner table…pairing well with all sorts of different foods. And it has the added advantage of being quite reasonably priced!

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2009 | Send Email
It's a well known fact at K&L LA, that I absolutely adore Alsace, the place, the cuisine, the people and its wines. It baffles me that people don't get to try them more often. This Pinot Blanc was very surprising for me. I was expecting just a little white wine that it's common with this grape. Oh what a surprise did I have at the staff tasting! Lots of candied warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, almost custardy, and vanilla creme brulee with an explosion of cloves in the finish. Intriguing isn't it? But don't be intimidated by my description, it's really quite balanced and delicate. Imagine how good this would be with a Choucroute Garni, Eggs Benedict, Cheese Omelette, Flammeküche (light pastry filled with cream, onions, cheese, mushrooms and bacon), Onion Tart (Zweibelküche in Alsacien), Pain d'épices ("spice-bread"), Quiche Lorraine, Veal dishes, Raclette.

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Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.