Alsace is located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. Historical decisions, wars, and strategic politics have resulted in Alsace being administered separately as its own “region” within the Republic of France. Along with Austria and Germany, Alsace produces some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world.
The Wines of Alsace recently hosted a Twitter tasting focused on Cremant d’Alsace and I was fortunate enough to participate. Here are my notes on the four samples that were provided.
- Dopff & Irion Crémant d’Alsace Rosé – Light salmon colored. 12% ABV. Made from Pinot Noir. Light, lithe and fresh on the palate with flavors of sweet berries, fresh baked bread and flint. $17 at retail. My rating: 88 points.
- Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Blanc de Blancs Brut – Lightly straw colored. 12% ABV. 80% Pinot Auxerrois, 10% Pinot Blanc and 10% Chardonnay. Light, delicate and lively on the palate. Flavors of pears, green apples and almond. $20 at retail. My rating: 89 points.
- Gustave Lorentz Crémant d’Alsace – Very lightly gold colored. 12% ABV. 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Blanc and 33% Pinot Noir. Well balanced, bright and crisp on the palate. Apple, chalk, flint and yeast on the palate. $25 at retail. My rating: 88 points.
- Charles Baur Crémant d’Alsace – Salmon colored. 12.5% ABV. 100% Pinot Noir. Brioche, yeast and red fruits on the nose. Elegant and dry on the palate with crisp acidity. Flavors of raspberries and flowers. Refreshing. $20 at retail. My rating: 89 points.
All of these wines were delicious and affordable and will undoubtedly be consumed in copious quantities on my back deck this Summer.
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