Dirler-Cadé, Crémant d’Alsace AOC Brut Nature 2014
Achieves the aromatic complexity and refinement of sparkling wines made according to the ‘traditional method’ (second fermentation in bottle) also used for champagne. No sugar has been added before bottling (Brut Nature). White peach and floral aromas contributed by the Pinot Gris (40%) and Auxerrois (35%) in the blend, as well as red berry notes from the Pinot Noir (25%), are complemented by delicate nuances of biscuit and brioche. Refreshing acidity and a mineral backbone give it elegance and structure. Certified organic wine, biodynamic production. 12.5%. Drink now to 2020.
Serving suggestions: Great on its own as aperitif wine or paired with food: savoury terrines, charcuterie, and all kinds of fried dishes.
Ratings: Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2018 14/20 and two stars for Domaine Dirler-Cadé
Established in 1871, this traditional Alsace winery has been managed by the same family for five generations. Almost half of Dirler-Cadé’s 18 hectares of vineyards, all cultivated according to the principles of biodynamics, are classified as Grand Cru. Their range of classic dry white wines is highly reputed, in the first place those made from Riesling and Muscat, but also from Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Sylvaner.
Their Crémant is a well-made, serious and sophisticated sparkling wine.