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Crémant d’Alsace Brut

Kuentz-Bas
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A reliable source of crisp, aromatic everyday whites, world-class dry Rieslings, mesmerizing late-harvest wines, and an emerging region for serious Pinot Noir…can Alsace do it all? We certainly think so. Moreover, let us not forget one more specialty from this wonderland in northeast France: Alsace also excels in delicious, reasonably priced traditional-method sparkling wine.
     Consider this Crémant d’Alsace from the historic Kuentz-Bas house in the picturesque hillside village of Husseren-les-Châteaux. Made from Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois—a blend you will only ever find in Alsace—it exudes a real sense of place that is discernible through its unique aromatics. Then there is Alsace’s cool climate, which is surprisingly dry and sunny thanks to the rain shadow effect from the Vosges Mountains. The grapes are able to ripen fully, but retain a mouthwatering acidity—a balance that makes it easy to gulp down a glass purely to slake one’s thirst.
     A dignified bottle of bubbles like this is certainly suitable for special occasions, and would beautifully complement the most refined cuisine. There is a rich, toasty complexity from lees aging, which highlights the delicate aromas you’ll find in your glass: honey, nectarine, citrus, and summer flowers. But at the end of the day, it’s simply a great sparkler that needs no excuse to be uncorked. You can most definitely count on Alsace for that.

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: sparkling
Vintage: NV
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Auxerrois
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Region: Alsace
Producer: Kuentz-Bas
Winemaker: Olivier Raffin
Vineyard: 25 - 45 years, .2 ha
Soil: Loess, Silt, Limestone
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 12%

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About The Region

Alsace

map of Alsace

Tragically, Alsace might be the most misunderstood wine region of France. In spite of its long history of viticulture and tremendous diversity of pedigreed terroirs, a past fraught with marketing mishaps has left consumers baffled as to what exactly to expect inside one of these mysterious tall, thin bottles.

The good news, on the other hand, is that a new wave of quality-oriented growers is working hard to put Alsace in its rightful place as one of the world’s most fascinating sources of fine white wine. By embracing tradition, respecting terroir, and making a concerted effort to better communicate the countless virtues their wines have to offer, they have succeeded in putting Alsace back on the map.

Crafted from a number of grape varieties and beautifully interpreting the region’s mosaic of soil types, our Alsace imports are by and large dry whites offering exceptional versatility at table. While each of these selections is ready to be uncorked tonight, the finest among them are also capable of maturing for many, many years in a cool cellar. Expect kaleidoscopic aromatics, lively acidities, and loads of terroir transparency in these skillfully crafted masterpieces. Enjoy a foray into the thrilling world of the world’s most underrated wine region, and certainly do not hesitate to contact our sales staff with any questions as you take off on this mouth-watering adventure.

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Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch

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