Crémant d'Alsace Prestige
The vine :
Sheltered by the highest peaks of the Vosges mountains, this terroir receives an exceptional amount of sunshine. The mainly calcareous subsoil ensures good drainage. The exposure of the hillsides goes from east to south-west.
- Area of production : Rouffach region
- Soil : Clay limestone
- Average age of vines : 30 years
The winemaking :
This sparkling wine is a blend of 5 grape varieties (pinot blanc, pinot auxerrois, pinot gris, pinot noir, riesling). The grapes are exclusively coming from the hillsides around the town of Rouffach. They are sorted out carefully during the harvest reception. The requirements are: absence of rot and good maturity. The vinification is made in wooden tuns of 50 hectoliters. The maturation is made during 18 months with regular canings.
The final blend is realised on the principle of “solera”: a blend of the previous vintages is added to the wine of the year. This reserve wine is stored on lees. This maturation brings the wine an exceptional depth and a fine complexity.
The second fermentation and the 18 months horizontal storage are important for the nobility of the wine. After that the bottles are disgorged and are stored a few months to restore the balance to the wine. The disgorging date, indicated on the label, will permit you to drink the crémant at the right time. One year after the disgorging the wine reveals its characteristic fruits aromas. Beyond this date depth and distinction are at their optimum.
Dosage : brut (between 8 and 10 g/L)
Tasting notes :
The wine produces a fine head of mousse around the top of the glass, with persistent bubbles. A nose which is very open, fresh, elegant, very pronounced and vinous. On the palate the wine is lively, easy to drink and distinguishes itself by a remarkable finesse; fresh on the finish with long-lasting aromas and flavours.
It's a good way to begin a dinner or celebrate a big event. Nice wine with shell-fish.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points : Red-cheeked apple peel and freshly-cut apple tart on the nose make for an irresistible opening. There is a bright, lemony streak of acidity at the core, cushioned by soft mousse and a soft background of yeasty autolysis. This is slender, taut and refreshing, with a completely satisfying chalky, stony background.
Decanter 17,5/20 : Made from Pinots Blanc, Gris and Noir, and Riesling - the final blend based on a solera method of
previous vintages added to the wine of the year. On lees for 12 months and then 18 months’ ageing in bottle (this one disgorged in 2007). White apricot and pear, with hazelnut notes, yet floral and citrussy on the finish with still vibrant bubbles.