Domaine Dirler-Cadé, Crémant d'Alsace Brut Nature 2017
Pinot Gris Blend | Alsace, France
Domaine Dirler-Cadé is the lodestar for the finest biodynamic wine in Alsace, the lovely region in northeastern France, nestled between the Vosges mountains and the Rhine river on Germany's border. The estate traces its roots in Alsace back to 1871, run today by Jean Dirler and Ludivine Cadé. A staggering half of all their holdings are in Grand Cru-rated vineyards. Completely biodynamic since 1998, they use a lunar farming schedule and natural preparations in the vineyards, such as "teas" made from horsetail, chamomile, valerian, willow, and other natural components with restorative and preventative properties.
This is their no-sugar-added (Brut Nature) Crémant, made from 100% estate fruit comprised of 60% Pinot Gris, 30% Auxerrois, and 10% Riesling. "Crémant" is the French sparkling wine category for sparkling wine made in the "traditional method" (aka Champagne-method) outside of the Champagne region itself. All the finesse, elegance, and pinpoint bubbles you associate with Champagne are here, in an easy to love, affordable package.
Finely beaded mousse and a cornucopia of fresh aromatics beckon from the glass, showing white peach, elderflower, red apple skin, and gardenias. As fresh as a cold-river plunge, the palate is tightly focused, with linear orchard fruit precision and loads of rocky minerality that scream for salty foods, oysters, or our favorite summer grilled shrimp recipe with herbs and lemon.
Organic to the point of cultishly natural, bone dry, and a true family-made product of the land. Here for you at a modest $26 + free national shipping on six. Enjoy!