Produced in a style similar to Champagne and made just around the corner in the Alsace region of France, Lucien Albrecht’s Cremant d’Alsace Brut Blanc de Blancs is a very lovely sparkling white wine that won’t break the bank. This brisk, lively sparkler is a great lower priced alternative to Champagne. Made from first-run Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc grown on clay-chalky soil, it features fresh notes of citrus and white flowers and a brisk, creamy aftertaste. Elegant and moderately to heavily fizzy, the nonvintage Brut has a very sharp apple nose to it. The body is dry and cleansing, a crisp sparkler that goes down very smoothly and with a short finish. The fruit lingers for a few seconds, then it’s gone, inviting you to take another sip. I like it best after it’s had a few minutes to decompress and let out a bit of its bubbles. Heretical, maybe, but try it in a Chardonnay glass and see what you think. Its balanced medium-body matches well with food, making it a prime choice for all holiday entertaining, either as an apéritif or to accompany entrées.
Very good. Golden straw color with light bubbles that fade a bit. This lacks the striking acidity of many champagnes. Palate has expressions of toasted almond, rice wine, soy, and tempura. Very smooth and clean tasting, a great value.
On the nose I found green apples, lemon, whole butter and chalky minerals. The palate showed granny smith apple, flower petals and grassy tones with a bitter feel that was then washed clean by a strong core of acidity. On the finish, the senses were left dry, but then began to water with lingering notes of grapefruit and walnut.
The nose offers generous tones of ripe green apples, sea spray, and lemon-pine. On the palate the wine is focused and fresh, framing orchard fruits within a tropical edge. The mid-palate is mineral driven with a mild metallic bite, leading to a medium length finish defined by refreshing lemon acidity. The structure, despite a slightly larger bead, is aided by a nice acid core as well as linear progression on the palate. This is a well made sparkler, however, it could be a bit more dynamic. R&M 86
Color - very light golden color, beautiful and clear, nice bead Bouquet - dough, tight, marzipan, green apple Flavor Profile - almonds, green apple, hint of honey, Feel - quite dry, light weight, slightly disjointed Impression - good acidic entry, hollow mid palate, dry finish, nice QPR, may age 2-3+ years
Floral notes out of the glass and hints of a yeasty characteristic.
Crisp and refreshing on the palate pairing nicely with soft goat cheese and table water crackers. A seductive apricot mid-palate and plenty of carbonation make this a fun crémant. For the price this is highly recommended.
Very lively, an excellent value that compared very well with the Veuve Clicquot BdB being poured next to it; I preferred this, probably - and this is less than half the price. While I was already familiar with some excellent values in cremant de Bourgogne, I will look to check out more examples from Alsace.
Tasted January 16, 2007 as part of the WineExiles tasting for January. Opened and served immediately. Light yellow color in the glass, slightly cloudy looking throughout with a large amount of effervescence. Nose of lemon, pear and yellow apple. Flavors of orange zest up front followed by some notes of dried pineapple, yellow pear and yellow apple framed over a lightly style yet tight and tiny mousse. Medium to high acidity, medium body. Drink over the short term.
Tasted December 24, 2006 at home. Opened and served immediately in a house Champagne flute. Light yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Decent mousse. Nose of yellow apples dominate with some notes of pears and maybe just a touch of brioche. Flavors of green apples, pears and citrus fruits. Lively acidity with a bit of an overbearing presence on the palate. Drink now. Not a bad little QPR based on my local price of $15.00 a bottle.