Cremant is the new Prosecco, and much more like Champagne than its Italian counterpart. This Cremant d'Alsace is non-vintage and at this price we think it's a real scoop. This top-rated sustainable gem of a sparkling wine is rightly one of our best sellers.
A blend of local grapes such as Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois blanc, vinified in the traditional method. A minimum of nine months maturing on lees ensures complexity, and creates a toasty, nutty, sometimes flinty character. It has a fine lively mousse and aromas of citrus and yellow fruit. Dry, quite full and rich with a good finish.
Easy to drink alone or with food, and serious enough for celebrations too. We know of quite a few people serving this at their weddings.
About the winemaker:
The Seltz family have been growing grapes in Mittelbergheim since 1576 - itself a village with a long history of wine, as documented in the 'Weinshchalgbuch', which records the quantity, quality and price of every vintage since 785 A.D.
The 11 hectare estate is currently run by Albert, 14th generation owner and winemaker, who took over from his father in 1980 when he was 19 years old. Albert drastically changed the direction of the estate - he reduced production by two thirds, implemented reduced yields and converted to strictly sustainable agriculture. 2015 was the first vintage certified organic although organic practice has been followed for many years, and essential oils and herbal tinctures are used in the vineyard to encourage the plants to fully absorb minerals in the soil. Albert has a philosophy of minimal intervention, preferring indigenous yeasts in fermentation when suitable and ageing his wines sur lie for as long as each wine can benefit from. For his finest wines there is no temperature control during fermentation, no sulphur, kieselguhr filtration and bottling on demand.
Sustainability credentials: Great (3*)
A low key, true believer. Minimal intervention, organic and sustainable practice throughout, sacrificing yield for truly sustainable wine.
White, 12%Vol, Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois Blanc grapes, cork closure.
In the winemaker's words:
“The work of the winemaker is a work of reflection that must be personal so that it can differentiate itself from others in the glass. It is an outdoor work of respect, from the life in the soil until the life in the vats in the cellar. A wine is like friends, we all have them, but they are not always the same. It is your sensibilities and your values that will allow you to love a wine and understand it.”