Alsace Pinot Noir Trio
Lucien Albrecht NV Crémant d’Alsace Rosé 12.5%
Light, bright, clean and easy-breezy, this pure Pinot Noir sparkling wine smells like early summer with its wafts of wild strawberry, nectarine and rose petals. Its broad, plentiful bubbles bounce across the palate, giving textural lift to the vigorously fruit-filled palate. The moderate finish ends decidedly savory with tones of wet river rocks and slate. This peachy-salmon rosé is a quintessential aperitif.
Drink: Through 2019
Domaines Schlumberger 2014 Pinot Noir Les Princes Abbés 13%
I’m totally blown away by the drinkability of this Pinot Noir. It’s downright slurpable! It is impressively harmonious, fragrant and very Pinot Noir in character. I love the wine’s pinpoint balance of earthy tones with preserved Marasca cherries. The tannins are seamless and buffered by bright, lifting acidity. The finish is wholesome and mouth filling. If you’re on Old World Pinot Noir lover, this is one to not miss!
Meyer-Fonné 2015 Pinot Noir Altenbourg 13.5%
This is definitely a bottling for the Old World Wine lover. Showing both bold, blackberry fruit and fervent earthiness, this surprisingly gutsy, rather fullish-bodied Alsace Pinot Noir straddles the fence between youthfulness and the first signs of development. Its palate delivers a plush mouthfeel framed by polished - if mildly taut - tannins juiced up by lively acidity. Tightly wound at the moment, this benefits from a few hours decanting. Given the steady and flavorful finish with well-balanced structure, this has a ways to go.