Bonne Année-Crémant for your New Years’ Celebration

{These wines were provided as media samples with no other compensation. Opinions are my own.}

At this time of year, articles on sparkling wine are as plentiful and pervasive as the bubbles in the bottle. But I will throw one more at you, specifically focused on three diverse examples from one region. No, not Champagne. Because, let’s be honest. Unless you’re having an intimate dinner with a few of your closest oenophile friends, you may want to save that bottle.

The region is Alsace, home of the majority of Crémant being produced. If you have been following for a while or like to research wine terms, you are likely familiar with the label. Crémant refers to sparkling wines made from seven regions in France other than Champagne which are produced using the same methods of the famed region. They are also hand-harvested, go through second fermentation in bottle, and age at least 9 months on the less, three months after. They are slightly less effervescent than Champagne and can be made from a wider variety of grapes. They are also, in general, much more affordable.

I recently sampled three provided Teuwen Communications:

Domaine Saint-Remy Crémant d’Alsace Brut Prestige ($22)

The Ehrhart family has been farming the region for nearly three centuries. 60 acres, biodynamically certified across 11 communes, four Grand Cru vineyards. 100% Chardonnay, pale creamy yellow in the glass. Nose of melon and pear. Palate maintains those notes with the finish of a lemon meringue tart.

Gustave Lorentz Crémant d’Alsace Brut ($25)

This Domaine has been producing wine since 1836 and is on of the most distributed labels from the region. They grow on almost 80 acres, nearly one-quarter Grand Cru. The wine is equally composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. This made a delicious Thanksgiving appertif. Golden in the glass. Think of a warm buttered biscuit dripping with honey.

Dopff & Irion Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé ($20)

These families have been growing and producing wines in the region for centuries, but in the mid-20th century, René Dopff chose to dig deeper into terroir and compartmentalized the grapes into four estates which produced Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, and Gewürztraminer. They continue to grow other varieties as well including this Pinot Noir. Aged six months in stainless, the 12-15 months on the lees in bottle. Salmon in the glass, a nose of strawberry and currant. These fruits pop and are coupled with lively acid and minerality, extending into a long creamy finish. Really tasty, especially for the price point.

If you are wanting to pop something special at New Year’s but are needing to pull in the spending reins after the holidays, look for Crémant. It is sure to please and add some sparkle to your evening. Be safe out there tonight, friends. And cheers to a Happy New Year!


Posted by

Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.