Domaine Jean-Pierre Rietsch, Cremant d'Alsace 2016/2017
Producers Name: Domaine Jean-Pierre Rietsch
Region: Alsace, France
Grapes: Auxerrois, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris
Vinification: Champagne method. This crémant is a blend of juices from the 2016 and 2017 harvests, to which juices from 2018 have been added. Natural fermentation from indigenous yeasts. Aged in the tank for 1 year, second fermentation in Light sulphiting at bottling.
Vegan? : Yes
Initially a mixed farm with crops including tobacco, the land has been in the family for seven generations. Jean-Pierre’s parents started cultivating vines in the 1970s, and passed it to Jean-Pierre in 1987. Organic farming with no use of chemicals. In the cellar, very little sulphur is used, and only when necessary. There is a precision and clarity to all the wines. Having become bored with making late-harvest wines with aromatic varieties; Jean-Pierre is one of few in his area to experiment with skin-contact wines and has gained a reputation for these.
This Cremant is definitely a standout and can outshine most Cremant from better known regions or even some Champagnes!
tasting notes: Brioche, granny smith apple and fresh citrus.
Mineral core and delicate saline finish