Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Brut Réserve NV, AOC Alsace
The Alsace region of France is known throughout the world for its refreshing, dry white wines. Maison Pierre Sparr was established by the Sparr family in 1680 in the desirable Haut Rhin. Today quality remains Pierre Sparr’s primary focus and the wines are a pure expression of Alsace with its varied geology and topography; authentically Alsatian wines – aromatic, fruity, elegant, clean and vibrant.
Crémant d’Alsace Brut Réserve is a blanc de blancs blend of primarily Pinot Blanc with some Auxerrois. The vineyards on the Vosges hillsides feature granite, limestone, gneiss and chalky-clay and the average age of the vines is 26 years old. The first fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats after gentle whole-cluster pressing. Six months later, the wines are blended and bottled for a second fermentation. The wine rests on lees a minimum of 12 to 16 months prior to disgorgement, when the wine is finished with a custom dosage to achieve its brut style.
Smells like: Galia-melon, sweet woodruff and dried mango, with minerals and hints of nuts
Tastes like: apples and citrus fruits at their lively, juicy best
Pairs with: appetizers, fried calamari or fried chicken, grilled fish and pizza; also works well with pies during dessert – check out our recipe for Alsatian Apple Tart below
Sustainability: Meticulous care is taken in the vineyards — avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides, limiting yields, harvesting by hand — to enhance the distinctive aromatic and flavor profile found in each wine. Minimal intervention in the winery preserves the characteristics of the land; gentle whole cluster pressing followed by slow, cool fermentation. Sparkling wines are all traditional method (as in Champagne). The grapes are farmed sustainably and the wine is vegan.