Leon Manbach, Crémant d'Alsace Brut 2018
Pinot-Riesling Blend｜Alsace, France
Leon Manbach is an artisanal, organic producer in the adorable village of Dambach-la-Ville, Alsace, the wonderfully idiosyncractic region in north-eastern France, bordering Germany. Everything from the cuisine to the architecture is a unique blend of French and Teutonic influence, and its wines are a perfect summation of the commingling of cultures.
Manbach's Crémant Brut 2018 is indeed produced in the traditional "Champagne" method, arguably the most refined process for effervescent wine, and is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Discover notes of green apple, marzipan, and a whiff of yellow raspberry on this refined, all-too-easy to drink sparkler that finishes dry and zippy, with no cloying aftertaste or sweetness. An ideal for companion for the traditional Alsatian choucroute garnie, this is also a great match for shellfish, briny oysters, or an evening pre-dinner apéro.
For those new to the term, "crémant" is the category for French sparkling wine made in the traditional "Champagne" method, outside of the Champagne region itself. Here in Alsace, the traditional blend of a crémant typically involves a basket of the local grapes, including Riesling, variants of Pinot (Noir, Meunier, Gris, or Blanc), and others.
Not only is this a wonderful example of a pure, vibrant, and dry-finishing crémant, but it's also biodynamically farmed – taking organics to the next level with herbal soil treatments, hand-farming, and zero us of anything artificial or chemical. The value in a wine like this is hard to overstate!
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