In a nutshell: A superbly well balanced Pinot Blanc from Alsace in eastern France.
The lowdown: This extremely versatile wine is actually made from two of Alsace's lesser known grapes - Auxerrois Blanc is actually the dominant variety, but since it's a traditional Alsatian grape labelling regulations allow for it to be described as just Pinot Blanc. It has a perfect balance between citrus flavours and honeyed notes as the bright lemon and stonefruit flavours well demonstrate.
When to drink: The concentrated mineral edge gives it the right balance and weight making it very versatile as an aperitif, or with fish, seafood, or pasta.
Widely regarded as one of the best co-operatives in the world, Cave de Turckheim is situated to the north west of Colmar in Alsace.
Michel Lihrmann has been the senior winemaker for over 25 years and his style of dryer wines has been a huge hit, expressing the wonderful breadth of the Alsatian terroir and grape varieties while pushing pure fruit flavours to the fore. The winery is modern and produces up to 10 million bottles per year across an extensive range, from the excellent value Cave Tradition range up to individual Grand Cru varietals as well as Crémants d'Alsace and Vendange Tardive dessert and organic wines.