Alsace is a land of contradiction. Wedged between France and Germany, this charming region changed hands four times between 1918 and 1945. Its inhabitants tend to identify as Alsatian rather than either French or German, and today Alsace incorporates the best traditions – cultural, culinary, oenological – of both nations.
We’ve written recently about Francis Muré’s refreshing Rosé and dry Riesling. Today we suggest his excellent dry Crémant d’Alsace — just as delicious but twice as festive. It’s a delightful summer drink — a perfect way to start a meal or a cocktail party.
Muré’s Crémant d’Alsace is bright and dry but has more fruit than most crémant we offer from Burgundy. It’s 100% Pinot Blanc and aged on the lees for two years. The gentle mousse of bubbles lends a refreshing energy to an exuberant, fruit-forward palate. We suggest welcoming guests to the next dinner party in your backyard with a glass of this, perhaps with a splash of crème de cassis (try ours here) to make a kir.
But our favorite pairing for Muré’s Crémant echoes the Alsatian spirit of harmonious contrast: triple cream cheese like as Brillat-Savarin or Delice de Bourgogne. Let the cheese come to room temperature and slather a generous portion onto a piece of crusty fresh bread. The combination of tiny bubbles and creamy cheese is delightful.
Muré Crémant d’Alsace
bottle price : $22
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