Monday, February 06, 2006

Rene Mure Cremant d'Alsace (degorgement 12.03.04)

Cremant d'Alsace is sparkling wine from Alsace, made in the same way that Champagne is made ("methode champenois"), but from varietals indigenous to Alsace -- Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Sylvaner, etc.) -- rather than the main Champagne varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is a beautiful, character-filled example. Great, intense nose of tangerines, peaches, stones, and freshly-baked bread. Rich, full-bodied appley, peach, brioche flavors, with great length and nice balancing acidity. The best Cremant I've had to date. 90. Was about $16 at Richard's on San Felipe.

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