Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Sparkling Wine

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 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. Read more

Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace – Brut Blanc de Blancs

Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace – Brut Blanc de BlancsIn case you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to check out the November/December issue of Mutineer Magazine.  This issue includes a column, authored by yours truly, about sparkling wines—just in time for the holidays.  One of the wines built-in in this article is the Lucien Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace – Brut Blanc de Blancs.
“Cremant” is the name given to French dry sparkling wines that are not from the Champagne province, but are made using the traditional sparkling wine method.  The full method is far to intricate to clarify here, but one of the key differentiators is that it doesn’t go through CO2 carbonation.
“Alsace” is the province of France where this wine is made.  So, “Cremant d’Alsace” basically means “sparkling wine from Alsace.”  Alsace is considered by many to be one of the best colorless wine regions in the world, and it is one of my favorite regions.  This wine is a fantastic example of why. Read more