|A GREAT SUBSTITUTION FOR FRENCH BRUT ROSE CHAMPAGNE
"Dried fruit notes, apricot and date, mix with nut and hints of citrus peel in this firm sparkler. It's juicy, with a creamy finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases imported." (WS)
"While Albrecht's Pinot Blanc Cremant d'Alsace (a genre Lucien Albrecht was prominent in legally codifying) is delicious, it is a bit simple to count as a top value at $24, whereas their non-vintage Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose - a pure Pinot Noir - is more intriguing and distinctive. Along with strawberry and red raspberry fruit suggestions that are enhanced by the wine's discreet hint of sweetness, there are saline, meaty, and herbal notes to add interest to both the nose and a lush palate, and the hints of salinity and bitterness in the finish make for an invigorating complement to the wine's prominent fruit. This comes in a light-sensitive clear bottle, and I could identify no lot number, so make sure that whoever sells you a bottle will take responsibility for freshness and proper storage.
As a group, Albrecht's wines were delightfully user-friendly, although some of them - like so many wines of Alsace nowadays -lacked the concentration or distinctiveness to render them excellent values, given starting prices of close to $20." (WA)
"A wine with soft fruitiness, red berry flavors and a touch of toast. Ripe, full and not quite dry, it is an easy, accessible rosé sparkler, fine for apéritifs. — R.V. (10/1/2013)" (WE)
"How much do I like Champagne? A lot. How much do I like Champagne’s pink version? A lot plus a little more. Unfortunately, the rosé version usually costs between 2 and 5 times more than the standard version, so it’s a very rare occasion that I get to drink the real deal. Legally, only grapes grown in the Champagne region of France can be called Champagne (with the exception of a few U.S. sparkling wines that were grandfathered in). And much like the “Napa Valley Effect” Champagne demands a much higher price than it’s less prestigious, though sometimes just as tasty, counterparts in different regions of France and elsewhere.
In this case the grapes come from Alsace in eastern France near the German border. Lucien Albrecht’s brut rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes whose skins impart the beautiful pink color in this wine. A perfect alternative to Champagne, this wine is fruity and creamy on the palate, with the Pinot grape coming through on the finish with nice mineral flavors and a little bitterness that reminds you this is a rosé, not a run of the mill sparkling wine.
At $14.95 you really can’t go wrong giving this a try, especially if you are in search of an alternative to Champagne which starts at $25." (Nickel & Dime)
"Alsace may be only a little farther east in France than Champagne, but what a difference in the sparkling wines made there. There's the price, of course. But this wine-rich region, blessed with grand and premier cru vineyards, produces some remarkable sparkling wines. Alsace may be best known for exceptional Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Tokay Pinot Gris, but some of the best houses also produce some lovely sparkling wines with some of the same grapes. I'm particularly taken with Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé from Lucien Albrecht (an estate founded in 1425!). Made from Pinot Noir, it's a ravishing rose petal pink in the glass, with a fresh, appealing perfume of wild strawberries. Perfect for smoked salmon or trout, or, if you're lucky, some caviar on toast points." - S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times, December 29, 2012"
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
• Attractive brilliant pink colour.
• Nose dominated by red berries.
• Fine sparkle.
• Round and very pleasant in the mouth.