Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Sparkling Wine

french wine  %tages Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Sparkling WineTonight we’re continuing our pre-New Year’s Eve exploration of sparkling wines with a double-header review of  crémant from Lucien Albrecht.
For those of you who don’t know, crémant is a name for French sparkling wine that’s not from Champagne.  And there’s something I just like about the name, particularly when it’s crémant d’Alsace.  That’s just fun to say.  And while we’re getting everyone on the same page, if you don’t know Alsace, that’s a wine province in the eastern part of France, along the German border.  Alsace is known for producing exceptional colorless wines, and this crémant is amongst that exceptionality.  (I know that’s not really a word… I just don’t care.)
Lucien Albrecht Crémant D’Alsace Brut Blanc de Blancs
We in fact reviewed this wine a link years ago, and although it’s a non-vintage wine we thought it would be worth a revisit.  Even though a wine is labeled as non-vintage, it would be impossible for it to not have http://1000-facts-about-wine.com some differences from one year to the next.  After all, each year will bring a new batch of grapes, each influenced by different weather and yielding different nuances.  So here’s what we reckon of it now.

The fragrance on the nose is soft, but pleasant with a nice blend of yeast, citrus and apple aromas.  The palate is dry and filled with foam.  It offers flavors of yeast (reckon fresh bread), lemon and apples.  The end is honestly long and evolves.  It starts out with the flavor of salted apples, but evolves into the flavors of yeast and cane sugar.  It doesn’t have the sweetness of sugar, but the flavor lingering on my tongue reminds me of colorless sugar.  Some might interpret that as a terrible thing and I’d agree if it were too intense, but it’s not… it’s just a nuance and it’s kind of fascinating.  This would be really excellent with salty cheeses or meats.  All told, this is a nice bottle of bubbly.
Wine: Lucien Albrecht Cremant http://1000-facts-about-wine.com D’Alsace Brut Blanc de Blancs
Variety: Pinot Blanc
Vintage: N/V
Alcohol: 12%
Rating: 87
Fee: $19.99

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