Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Alsace, France
Lucien Albrecht, Jean's father, pioneered Crémant production in 1971 and helped gain an Appellation Contrôlêe for the wine and for Alsace. The wines vinified by the classic Champagne Method from 100% free run juice, are the best sparkling wines in France outside of Champagne itself. Recently Maison Lucien Albrecht was awarded four gold medals at a comprehensive National I.N.A.O. tasting of all sparkling wines in France, giving the firm more gold medals than any other Crémant producer in France.
This Blanc de Blancs is made from 100% Pinot Blanc. The Blanc de Blancs is distinguished by a fine and elegant bead, a beautiful straw color; a light, delicate palate. It is delicious at any time of the day and with many foods.
Decanter - "Clean, light but aromatic nose - lemon, grapefruit, with a slight yeasty character. Vigorous ripe fruit flavours mingle within a gently creamy texture, balanced by crisp acidity and fine bubbles on the long, citrusy finish."
Wine Enthusiast - "Lifted notes of ripe, juicy apple are foremost on the nose. They also shine on the palate, where they are countered by a fine, gentle and creamy mousse and lovely freshness. This is beautifully composed, understated, fresh and elegant. The dry finish shines with lemon and echoes long."
Lucien Albrecht Winery
The history of the Albrecht family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht, who was established in the town of Thann.
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 of Albrecht's, between 1520 and 1698.
Domaine Albrecht experienced a major development under the guidance of Lucien Albrecht, the father of Jean, to become one of the most important in Alsace with holdings in 9 villages surounding Orschwihr. Lucien Albrecht, extended the winery with new cellars and expanded the sales of his wines in bottles. In 1972, Lucien Albrecht was also a pioneer of Cremand d'Alsace. Today the Cremant is one of their specialities and a major part of the business.
150 years were needed to make up the Domaine Albrecht located in the very best Alsace terroirs. Jean Albrecht is now the ninth generation settled in Orschwihr, leading the Domaine. View all Lucien Albrecht Wines
About AlsaceView a map of Alsace wineries France and Germany, nestled between the Voges Mountains and the Rhine River. These landmarks give Alsace an ideal climate for the white grapes that have become the mainstays of the region. Pinot Noir is also grown, with plantings of the grape increasing with consumer demand for red wine.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Alsace underwent a territorial tug-of-war, bouncing from France to Germany and back to France again at the end of the first World War. While the French led the renaissance of fine wine production in the 20th century, Alsacians have integrated both French and German influences in their wine. Alsacian wines are mostly white, with Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer leading the plantings. Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Sylvaner are also popular varietals. The bottles are flute-shaped, like many German wines, and the type of grape is clearly placed on the wine's label – quite unlike the typical French practice of labeling wines by region.
Notable FactsAlsace wines have four noble varieties: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat. These are the only varietals allowed in the 50 Alsacian Grand Cru wines. Pinot Blanc, while not noble, is key in making many of the Cremant d'Alsace (sparkling wines) and is found in many Alsace AC blends. Most of the wines from the region are dry – with steely acidity and round fruit flavors, typically more full bodied (aka, more alcohol) than their German counterparts. There are also sweet wines and, of course, sparkling.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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28 ratings, 15 with reviewsMatt McGinnis - Austin, TX312/23/2010Crémant d’Alsace Brut Lucien Albrecht is made from 100 percent Pinot Blanc grapes grown in clay-chalky soil. It is made méthode Champenoise with malolactic fermentation. Here is what you can expect. Look: Northern sunlight on a December afternoon, pale yellow, bright and transparent. This one has slightly larger bubbles than the first streaming with mid frequency for a gentle mousse that disappeared quickly. Smell: A cold winter’s day with dusty, minerally limestone and faint honey suckle. Taste: A bite of fresh grape fruit and tapioca with a silky-smooth, balanced feel. The Lucien Albrecht has a mid-length, slightly bitter finish. Read my full review here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2010/12/budget-bubbles-select-a-delicious-sparkling-wine-for-your-holiday-party/Ray 728 - Somerset, NJ59/18/2016Anonymous - New Baltimore, MI59/2/2016christa - Farmington, MI58/22/2016Excellent dry sparkling wine. Better than some that come from the Champagne region.Anonymous - Shreveport, LA47/20/201657/15/2016One of my top choices for sparkling wine. Excellent for the price. Great amount of bubbles.Anonymous - Honolulu, HI55/31/2016Brittanie - Menlo Park, CA42/1/2016Christopher Parks - San Francisco, CA511/19/2015Twins Dad - Danville, CA49/8/2015Very acceptable alternative to a mid-priced champagne.rfclayton - Fort Myers, FL46/6/2014Just a little disappointed at first, but I grew tolike it. I would buy again, but there are others I prefer ifavailable.pstepo - Aptos, CA210/14/2012winestopsmewhining - Brooklyn, NY56/10/2012Very nice for the price. Mixed with OJ and it tasted great. Nice when not mixed either. Would definately buy again. Tasted just as good as champagnes that are much more expensive. Crispy and sweet. addendum...I just bought a few more bottles incase they run out...loved it even more the second time around....lovely. Will buy more again as gifts.dennis Sievers - Highland, IL54/3/2012212/30/2011512/24/2011Loved this! Very refreshing!59/9/2011Very good for the price! Basically champaigne from a few miles out of district.45/29/2011Jasmine liked this. The packaging is very pretty. Old school foil presentation.41/21/2011I'd buy this again.darkhorse - San Ramon, CA41/27/2010Love this smooth and creamy sparkler. Can drink quite a few for a lot more $, but this is one of my favorites!Big Red - Chicago, IL49/30/2008great value - not dry, good flavor.57/28/2010This sparkler was delicious. Very smooth and full of flavor. I am ordering more as I write this review.Edward Willey III - Dallas, TX410/5/2008...I taste affordable sparklers ($13-22-ish) and the Lucien Albrecht offerings come out on top every time. I serve this every New Year's Eve and it gets consistently good reviews. The rose (saignee method) is even better. My friends and I have gone through at least 12 cases of Lucien Albrecht cremant and it's supremely consistent in flavor.Tropico - Dallas, TX54/9/2010Very easy to drink. Pleasant. It was almost a crime to use this cremant for mimosas, but it has a lot of value.