Alsace is probably most well known for the aromatic whites – Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gewertztraminer. It is also well known for their sparkling wine, Cremant d’Alsace, amde in the classic champenoise method. But, Alsace also produces some lovely Pinot Noir’s will excellent QPR.
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Rose Brut – this budget busting $12 sparkler is a house staple. Easy to drink, easy to find, grab it while you can!
Moving in to more undiscovered territory, we started to explore the Pinot Noirs of the region. With 90% of the wines produced in this region being white, and 18% being Crémant, there is only a smattering of red wine available. The vast majority of this red wine is Pinot Noir, used both for the illusive Crémant Rosé, as well as still wines.
2015 Rieflé Pinot Noir Bonheur Convivial – Another historical house, the grapes for this wine are grown on the limestone loess and were fermented on native yeast. Aged in French oak for 10 months, the result is a low alcohol (13.5%) wine with floral notes wafting out of the glass, followed by bright cherry and dusty strawberry, Jolly Rancher notes and mouthwatering herbal notes.
2012 Domaine Ostertag Fronholz – The youngest house in my roundup, Domaine Osterag was founded in 1966. Famous for the Muenchberg Grand Cru vineyard, but this Fronholz Pinot Noir comes from top top of the hill of Epfig. Known for the minerality, the grapes are 100% destemmed and aged in neutral barrels for a year. Grippy and full of limestone, the subtle cherry comes out after a bit of air. Exuding earth and crushed minerals it’s another lower alcohol winner clocking in at 13.7%. $45
Special thanks to Thierry Fritsch of the Vin’s d’Alsace, for his expressive humor and pure passion for Alsace, and to Teuwen Communications for the lovely event!