A Top Notch Bubbly for Under $15

December 12, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

I wrote this French sparkler up over two years ago, and loved it at the time.  Sparkling wines like this and most Champagnes are made from multiple vintages in order to achieve consistency.  As such, I though it was time to revisit this favorite to see how the blend is in the current release.  But before we do, a quick note on non-vintage (another name for multi-vintage) sparkling wines.

To my palate, generic French sparkling wine, AKA “Crémant” usually beats those of Spain (Cava), Italy (Prosecco), and yes, the United States.  I realize that’s a massive generalization, but if I’m at a wine shop looking for a sparkling wine value without any other information, I’ll choose a Crémant every time.  French sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it’s from the Champagne region and follows certain government mandated winemaking practices.  Most other French sparkling wine is called Crémant.

On to the wine… This is a beautifully delineated wine that shows tart lemon on the nose and flows into ripe raspberry and powered sugar on the palate.  This wine certainly stands on its own, but compared to a $40 Champagne, which is roughly the starting point for Rose, this is incredible.

Buy Here:  Lucien Albrecht  Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé $14.95

*of note – this wine has received between 87 and 89 points from various reviewers.

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