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Domaine Rietsch, "Crémant d'Alsace [Extra Brut]" 19/20

Domaine Rietsch, "Crémant d'Alsace [Extra Brut]" 19/20

Alsace, France

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About the wine

The texture of this sparkling wine is smooth and luxurious, with a velvety and silky feel. It offers delicate aromas of apricot, mirabelle plum, and hints of cherry blossom. The light residual sugars are perfectly balanced by its mineral and saline undertones. Crafted from grapes harvested in 2019 and 2020, the bubbles in this Extra-Brut are created by the addition of grapes from the 2021 harvest. This crémant is a versatile choice, ideal for enjoying as an aperitif or pairing with fruity desserts like a strawberry pavlova.

The Producer: Domaine Rietsch

The Rietsch estate has been owned by the family for seven generations. Previously, the land was used for growing tobacco and crops. However, in the 1970s, Jean-Pierre's parents began cultivating vines and passed them on to JP in 1987. The domaine still maintains a strong family-led culture. The vines are grown naturally, with a focus on terroir and without the use of chemicals. Sulphur is only used in the cellar when absolutely necessary.

The wines are made using a low-pressure pneumatic press to ensure a gentle extraction. The fermentation process is slow and always uses indigenous yeasts. Jean-Pierre, tired of producing late-harvest, off-dry wines from his more aromatic grape varieties, was one of the first growers in Alsace to experiment with maceration.

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The Region: Alsace, France

Wines from Alsace, nestled in the northeastern corner of France along the Rhine River, offer a captivating and distinctive vinous journey. Renowned for their purity, varietal expression, and exceptional terroir, Alsace wines are celebrated for their clarity and consistency. The region's unique microclimate, sheltered by the Vosges Mountains, allows for the cultivation of a remarkable array of grape varieties, with Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris standing as emblematic stars. These wines, often bottled in tall, slender vessels known as flûtes, enchant the palate with their vibrant acidity, aromatic complexity, and the ability to beautifully reflect the terroir in which they are grown. From the bone-dry and mineral-driven Rieslings to the opulent and spicy Gewürztraminers, Alsace wines offer an enchanting glimpse into the artistry of winemaking, making them a treasured gem in the world of fine wine.
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