Albrecht & Oysters, Sparkling stuff for the Holidays!

Albrecht & Oysters, Sparkling stuff for the Holidays!

Posted on Dec, 21. 2009 by

Categories: Wine

Well what a snow! I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did. There is something wonderful about being snowed in by such a beautiful snow storm as that especially if you have the proper accoutrements.

Luckily I live in walking distance of Rev Soup and was able to trudge through the snow and liberate a dozen or so fresh Oysters and a couple bottles of bubbly to make the isolation a little more civilized for Lisa and I. You can see from the picture I have included it was a pleasure for us to be snowed in.

The wine in the picture is the Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Rose NV which we had featured at a tasting sometime back. I was lucky enough to be reminded of just how good this wine is when I ran into Strazz who brought it to a Christmas party of a mutual friend a week or so back. I have included Evans original notes below and could not agree more.

I have also included Evan’s noted on the Michel Turgy Champagne which I also couldn’t agree with more. This is our Champagne pick for Christmas and the New Year. It represents the best quality for the price that any of us here at the Guild believe is on the market.

The first wine on the list is just my favorite under $15 sparkling wine for the holidays and a great all around buy.

I can have any of these wines delivered tomorrow for Wed pick up although I plan on being at the Guild from 12-2pm tomorrow for anyone who I have talked to about Tuesday pick up. David Storm will have some hours to help folks also which he will send out soon. Please do not forget that we are only open officially this week on Wednesday from 9-2pm. So get on out there and Pop some corks.

Domaine Larochette Cremant Du Bourgogne NV
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $17.00 • Inquire about this wine!
In years past I have recommended many Prossecco or Cava at this price point but something about the snow has brought me to a more classic pick for our house sparkler this year. There is indeed a very classic limestone-y creaminess to this wine that suggests Chablis or perhaps simply a good White Burg. It is a great sparkling wine with lots of class that is delicious to drink on its own and at this price I highly recommend it as a house wine for anyone who likes having a bottle of bubbly around for the Holidays (or whenever).

Albrecht Cremant D’Alsace Brut Rose NV
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $22.00 • Inquire about this wine!
100% Pinot Noir Rose sparkler from Alsace. The closest thing you will get to Champagne out side of Champagne itself (but Cremant de Bourgogne is close) This dry rose kicks the pants off of any Prosecco or Cava on the market and is just so much more enjoyable to drink. Great fruit, almost a little fat in the middle as the wine opened up. Distinct minerality and place specificity with the characteristic smokey quality that Pinot Noir gets in this area. This would make a great sparkler for any time.

Michel Turgy, Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
Retail price before [member discount|Our members save an average of 25% off the normal retail prices. As a courtesy to the retail wine industry we do not publish our prices.] $43.50 • Inquire about this wine! Hands down, the best value in Champagne that you will find. More than any other region, price in Champagne is often based more on house name recognition than pure quality, so when you find something that emulates the style and quality of Salon but is not in the 3-figures range, you know you’ve got something special. Blanc de Blancs is all Chard, and this example is very sleek and precise, a little citrus and minerality, a little yeastiness, a little candied fruit, but everything’s balanced impeccably. Again, the best value in Champagne as far as I’m concerned. Seriously.

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