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Jean-Baptiste Adam Les Natures Cremant d'Alsace Brut

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Alsace, France
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Winemaker Notes

Aromas of fresh fruit followed by typical notes of Chardonnay such as brioche and butter. Refreshing on the palate, this wine has fine bubbles with a fruity side and a long finish.

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James Suckling
This is a really dry and pretty wine with sliced apple, pear and mineral. Full body, very fine bubble. Wow. A blend of chardonnay, pinot blanc and pinor noir. Fermented in barrel. Gotta like this. From biodynamically grown grapes.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The Jean-Baptist Adam Les Natures Crémant d'Alsace shows that this important area for French sparkling wines fares well in the ultra-competitive arena of world class bubbles. The wine is at once on point—showing fresh apple, peach, and mineral—as well as offering complex nuances of savory herbs and a pleasing earthiness. The flavors suggest a pairing with rabbit terrine. (Tasted: August 29, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Jean-Baptiste Adam

Jean-Baptiste Adam

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Jean-Baptiste Adam, Alsace, France
The winery was founded in 1614 by Jean Baptiste Adam. Ownership has been traditionally passed down from father to son, from generation to generation. Today, the founder’s namesake, Jean Baptiste, is the current owner and general director of the estate. Jean Baptiste incorporates his knowledge gained from studying winemaking in Burgundy and business in Strasbourg with all that four centuries of tradition has taught him.

The Adam estate is located in the heart of Alsace in the village of Ammerschwihr, which enjoys an exceptional microclimate of sunny, warm and dry days that guarantee ideal conditions for growing grapes. The region also receives the least amount of yearly rainfall, only about 500 mm per year. This ensures gradual ripening of the grapes and extremely aromatic wines. The wines of Adam come from slopes with optimum exposure to sunlight. The vineyards are a mosaic of terroir and minerals consisting of gneiss, granite, shale and sandstone.

With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines, Alsace is one of France’s most unique viticultural regions. This hotly contested stretch of land running north to south on France’s northeastern border has spent much of its existence as German territory. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Vosges mountains, it is one of the driest regions of France but enjoys a long and cool growing season. Autumn humidity facilitates the development of “noble rot” for the production of late-picked sweet wines, Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles.

The best wines of Alsace can be described as aromatic and honeyed, even when completely dry. The region’s “noble” varieties, the only ones permitted within Alsace’s 51 Grands Crus vineyards, are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris.

Riesling is Alsace’s main specialty. In its youth, Alsatian Riesling is dry, fresh and floral, but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Gewurztraminer is known for its signature spice and lychee aromatics, and is often utilized for late harvest wines. Pinot Gris is prized for its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavors. Muscat, vinified dry, tastes of ripe green grapes and fresh rose petal.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir—the only red grape permitted in Alsace and mainly used for sparkling rosé known as Crémant d’Alsace. Most Alsatian wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

Non-Vintage

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A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.

There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.

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