Domaine Ansen Rosé Cremant d’Alsace
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Region: Alsace, France
Grape varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Domaine Ansen Rosé Cremant d’Alsace has strawberry and balsamic notes and is accompanied by a pure and fresh minerality on the finish.
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About Domaine Ansen Rosé Cremant d’Alsace
Domaine Ansen Rosé Cremant d’Alsace is a pure expression of Pinot Noir from a small plot of vines that were planted in 1984. The tough weather of the 2017 vintage required a lot of attention and diligence in the vineyards, but by the time harvest came, the weather spiked and allowed for the manual harvest of some very healthy grapes. The fruit was pressed from whole bunches into stainless steel tanks for natural and malolactic fermentation. On April 8th, 2017, the wine was bottled and then after many months of rest, this sparkling is disgorged on-demand with no dosage. Between the non-fertile clay soils, the extreme temperature shifts of the region, and the soft touch with the grapes, the result is quite delicate in the glass with a gorgeous concentration of aromas. Strawberry and balsamic tones lead on the nose and palate and are accompanied by a pure and fresh minerality, a bone-dry austerity, and a long delicious finish.
In the northernmost hills of the Alsace AOC of eastern France, Domaine Ansen has been a family of grape growers, fruit orchard farmers, cattle raisers, and all things in between for over 400 years. In the mid-nineties, Daniel Ansen set out to learn the trade of winemaking, spending time not only in Alsace, but also in Australia, the United States, and Bordeaux, where he went to enology school.
In 2010 he moved back into the old family house with his wife Karine and took over the fields from his father, looking forward to converting everything to organic viticulture, and starting to make wine from their grapes that had always gone to a local cooperative. Slowly expanding in Alsace’s diverse land, Daniel farms 8.5 hectares, in 40 plots (some are as small as 2 rows of vines), to 8 grape varieties, on 3 different soil types (black clay, limestone, and sandstone). Careful hand harvesting, the use of stainless steel for natural fermentation and aging, and very little (to zero) sulfite use in the finished wines, he lets each grape express its natural characteristics to the fullest, be it laser acidity, sweet ripe fruit, or a combination of both.