Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose
Rosé Sparkling Wine from Alsace, France
The grapes are hand picked. The whole cluster Pinot Noir grapes are directly pressed in a pneumatic press with a long and soft pressing, hence the coral/light pink salmon color. Cremant Rosé is made by the Champagne Methode. The second fermentation takes place in the bottle. Afterwards it stays on its lees for 9 months follow by the remuage and disgorging.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Pink perfection, what does it mean? How many times have you an enophile looked at a rosé and wanted to like it? Enticed by the color of pink but not loving the way the wines sits on your palate of finishes with too much sugar. Well, this where we separate the pretenders from the true performers. The Lucien Albrecht Rosé Crémant d'Alsace is simply outstanding and will satisfy the most finicky of wine lovers and its beauty will enlist those new to the joys of wine. Pair with appetizers, especially sashimi. So, give this wine a try and discover how perfect pink can be! Light to medium salmon in color, delicate and refined mousse; perfumed aroma of delicate strawberries and flowers; medium bodied and light on its feet in the palate; dry, fine acidity, crisp palate; delicious and serious wild strawberry flavors, a whispering note of flowers; medium finish, perky, fresh aftertaste. (Tasted: April 11, 2016, San Francisco, CA)"
Wine Spectator - "Tart red currant, rhubarb and strawberry come together in a very refreshing, rounded and appetizing fashion. The frothy, foaming mousse is exuberant and highlights these strawberry shortcake flavors brilliantly, while a totally dry palate makes sure that this stays classy. This is very satisfying, fun and fruit-driven, with a serious core and a bright, lemony finish."
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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38 ratings, 13 with reviews21/5/2013Buck Foss - Hillsborough, NJ55/9/2009Yes, it's the Meg Ryan of Bubbly. It is light, clean, crisp. It will leave you amused and smiling, and when it's gone, you won't remember much about it - other than you really want to have it again. More seriously - it is a wonderfully somewhat sweet bubbly rose. It is remarkably crisp and clean - a perfect before dinner drink. It goes down easy, and leaves you wanting more. (My wife made me buy two cases - it's a perfect dinner party starter)Joy Shih - Cupertino, CA47/4/2016felecia stover - Knoxville, TN46/17/2016Gerald Siegmyer - Houston, TX16/5/2016Anonymous - Melrose, MA26/2/2016Anonymous - Las Cruces, NM52/21/2016Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA411/20/2015Gloria1 - Columbus, OH41/11/2014tjowens - Donnelly, ID41/1/2014Michelle Schank - Grand Marsh, WI411/2/2013Lovely burst of bubbles in the mouth and very pleasant, lingering after taste. A nice dry sparkling wine that is best if allowed to warm a bit before being served.31/5/201311/5/201359/4/201256/24/2011Strawberries and yeast on the nose, delicious berries with hints of toast in the mouth. Ripe creamy flavors move smoothly into a crisp, long finish. One of the best sparkling wines of any color for the buck, period.Ruth - Danville, CA512/8/2010I served this for Thanksgiving this year. We have served champagne and sparkling wines in the past but this one was delicious and fun. The rose color is festive, the bubbles are festive and it is flavorful enough to hold its own with all the flavor that are in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.Vegas Dave - Las Vegas, NV411/26/2010First met this wonderful French sparkling wine as a starter associated with a multi-course meal inspired by Julia Child. Have enjoyed it many times since as my go-to rose sparkler. At parties, everyone (including myself) loves this little gem. Overall, a great tasty value.Tropico - Dallas, TX54/5/2010It was so light and fruity that it was very easy for the two of us to drink the bottle at lunch. Only tipsy for a short time, as there is not a high alcohol content, we were able to go back to reading very soon afterwards. Smooth and subtle. A fine wine.Subsahara - Glenview, IL512/10/2009I regularly drink various kinds of sparkling wine and champagne. I tend to stay away from the higher priced marquis brands which i think charge for the name. This is fantastic. Had it at a restaurant, bought a case...and it was as good as I remembered. My wife and father-in-law loved it as well.Rachel Mercer - Prosser, WA51/21/2009This is bubbly at its best. Beautiful soft salmon color matched with a lovely strawberry/raspberry nose, tight bubbles and a dry, clean finish. A darling of a wine and wine.com has a great price on it!54/13/2010Very easy drinking, with just a hint of starwberry. Great for a little pre-dinner treat.31/31/2009subtle fruits, dry finish, perfect toasting for any occasion.Subsahara - Glenview, IL512/30/2009drank half, gave the rest as a gift...phenomenal value44/13/2009I ordered this for a wedding I was hosting. Everyone loved it. People were actually drinking and looking for more rather than ditching it. I have ordered a case to have on hand for those special times.412/28/2009Fantastic sparkling wine.