Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Alsace Sparkles

In a recent post I highlighted the value represented by wines from Alsace. While most associate Alsatian wines with still Rieslings and Gewürztraminers, Alsace also makes terrific sparkling wines that can stand up to any rival in terms of taste, elegance, and price.

My latest recommendation in sparkling wine from Alsace is the very good QPR N.V. Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Blanc de Blancs Brut (suggested retail $19.99; available in the market for $12-$23). Crafted from Pinot Blanc grapes, this sparkling wine had abundant yeasty, bread dough aromas. I liked the fine, lively bead and the light, effervescent foam that topped my glass. Both hinted at the delicacy of the flavors to come. When I tasted the wine I detected elegant pear, citrus, and brioche flavors.

An affordable sparkling wine like this one doesn't need to be saved for a special occasion. It would be excellent with potato chips before dinner, with some fried chicken or seafood for the main meal, or even with a fruity dessert.

Full Disclosure: I received this wine as a sample.


Claire Uncorked said...

I've never had an Alsatian bubbly before, so that's very interesting to me. It sounds great, & I love that you pair it with potato chips. =)

Franschhoek Wine said...

It goes well with fresh tomato appetizers as well. Try it.

Dr. Debs said...

Will do, Franschhoek. And Claire, sparkling wine and potato chips are divine!

Peter Ross said...

This is a perfect wine to confuse and shock your friends with - try hiding its identity and let them guess what it is (they won't have a clue). Different from the bottle shape to the style - hard to describe if dry or sweet but its fab with a curry!Drinking this with Cohiba will double the enjoyment.

wine clubs uk said...

I agree, do a blind tasting with this and a classic bubly and see what people like best.