Crémant d’Alsace 2017
A Wine That
is the tortoise in the vinous fairytale of the hare vs. tortoise. It proves that Crémant can be equally as enticing as Champagne—and in some cases, even more so. Full of life but understated, this tastes like the best lemon crêpe you've ever had. It will make eyes pop and jaws drop.
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- Winemaker: Domaine Rieffel
Where and How?
To create meaningful bubbles of character has been one of Lucas' missions over the past decade. This is testament to his efforts: a blend of organically farmed Auxerrois, Pinot Gris and Riesling.
The wine was whole bunch pressed on a slow press cycle to gain more phenolics, after which it was aged in large foudres on the lees for eight months. It was then bottled with liqueur de tirage added and aged for a further twelves months in the bottle. No sugar was added - this is a brut nature labelled as an extra brut.
Here in Mittelbergheim, Alsace – just a dozen miles from the German border – Lucas Rieffel is farming and making wines of the future. These are not your typical charming-but-old-school Alsatian wines; rather they are emotive, jolting wines that show an entirely new face of Alsace. It’s like seeing an old friend with an entirely new look. Sylvaner – far too often the underdog – takes its deserved place as Ace of Spades in this hand.
What’s more, the humble Crémant produced here might be the quiet one at a table sat next to its Champenois counterparts, but if there’s one worth betting on for pure drinkability and deliciousness–this is it.
Why? The answer is much simpler than you might think. In Lucas’ words: