Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
Pink perfection, what does it mean? How many times have you an enophile looked at a rosé and wanted to like it? Enticed by the color of pink but not loving the way the wines sits on your palate of finishes with too much sugar. Well, this where we separate the pretenders from the true performers. The Lucien Albrecht Rosé Crémant d'Alsace is simply outstanding and will satisfy the most finicky of wine lovers and its beauty will enlist those new to the joys of wine. Pair with appetizers, especially sashimi. So, give this wine a try and discover how perfect pink can be! Light to medium salmon in color, delicate and refined mousse; perfumed aroma of delicate strawberries and flowers; medium bodied and light on its feet in the palate; dry, fine acidity, crisp palate; delicious and serious wild strawberry flavors, a whispering note of flowers; medium finish, perky, fresh aftertaste. (Tasted: April 11, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
Tart red currant, rhubarb and strawberry come together in a very refreshing, rounded and appetizing fashion. The frothy, foaming mousse is exuberant and highlights these strawberry shortcake flavors brilliantly, while a totally dry palate makes sure that this stays classy. This is very satisfying, fun and fruit-driven, with a serious core and a bright, lemony finish.
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The fifteenth century was golden era for the Alsace wines and it was during this period that the winegrowers guild of Alsace was founded. Each year, the most deserving vinegrower was elected by the guild of the winegrowers as Bangard, a highly respected positions. It was held by 8 generations... View More
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes...
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.
In the Glass
When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.
Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.
Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.