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NV Gustave Lorentz Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Cremant d'Alsace Brut" (12/15)

Winery: Gustave Lorentz

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cremant d'Alsace Brut" (12/15)

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 34% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Blanc, & 33% Pinot Noir

Region: Alsace

State or country: France

Price: $28

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 89.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: January 2, 2016

Wine Review: This is another great value from Alsace. Made in the traditional method but using varieties native to Alsace, Gustave Lorentz has produced a tart, mouth-watering sparkler that is sure to entice the senses. The bouquet of this wine leaves a lot to the imagination as it is simple with delicate floral and white fruit notes. On the palate, however, the intensity of the stone fruits and minerality come through clearly. All these flavors are followed by one of the most intensely acidic wines I have had in a while. The acidity may be too much for some, but chilled and drunk on a hot summer day, this is as refreshing as it gets. The finish is medium in length and usually carries itself to the next sip. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: The balance and freshness of Cremant d'Alsace come from the subtle match of the three grape varieties: Chardonnay for its vivacity & fruit, Pinot Blanc for its refined elegance and Pinot Noir for its persistence and subtle dark fruit. Clean and zesty, there's a lemon rind quality to the nose along with whiffs of red fruit. The palate is refreshing, balanced and has a big personality. Served chilled, Cremant d'Alsace is a lovely aperitif and adds a special touch to cocktails requiring sparkling wine. Also pairs beautifully alongside semi-soft cheeses, shellfish and chowders.

Organic status: not organic

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