Crémant D’Alsace, Domaine Rietsch, Sparkling - Auxerrois/Chardonnay, 12%, 75cl

£31.00

Country: France

Region: Alsace

Grapes: Auxerrois, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc

Vintage: 2018 & 2019

Citrus - Buttery - Brioche

This cremant is a blend of Auxerrois and Chardonnay from the 2018 and 2019 vintages, put through a process identical to that of Champagne. It's lemony-fresh and the time spent maturing on the lees adds richness as well, with a buttery, brioche aroma. Made organically and biodynamically by renowned Alsace winemaker Jean-Pierre Rietsch.

Grapes: Auxerrois, Chardonnay

Pair with: Fish bites, smoked salmon 

The Rietsch family has been making wine in Mittelbergheim, Alsace, since the 17th century. Now run by husband and wife Jean-Pierre and Sophie Rietsch, the approach is natural, with an intense focus on healthy soil, vines and grapes enabling them to produce wines without pesticides, herbicides or sulphur. Over the last 10 years the domaine has become particularly renowned for long maceration orange wines made from traditional Alsace varieties though the direct press whites and Pinot are also exceptional.

This is Rietsch's gorgeous traditional method fizz made with zero dosage and zero added sulphur. Toasted brioche and dried red fruits on the nose and round and saline on the palate with flower, honey and zesty citrus fruit.