Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé

SKU #1030836

Most people outside of the region don't think about Alsace for sparkling wine, and neither did we until Armand Baur popped a bottle of his Cremant d 'Alsace on our last visit. He actually said: "You probably have no interest in this, but maybe you would like to try." We said "of course we do," and the rest is history. We are now thrilled to offer the rosé version of Baur's impeccable and ridiculously low-priced sparkler. This gets its hue from Pinot Noir, of course. Full of yeasty strawberry fruit and spice, it is a party wine and a terrific summertime tipple.

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By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/30/2012  | Send Email
Simply delicious. A great aperitif or try with a nice spicy Thai salad. One of the most underrated sparkling wine areas. Raise a glass to Alsace.

By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2011  | Send Email
This is not your average Alsatian Sparkling Rose! This is complex, elegant, yet approachable and perfect for sipping day or night! Full of great flinty minerality and bright racy acid for texture, yet still has a brilliant aroma of strawberry seed and wild flowers. This will keep your loved one wanting more...perfect for lovers day!

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/31/2010  | Send Email
Gorgeous salmon color! Fresh, ripe strawberry nose. Crisp, dry style. Superb Pinot Noir character. Imported directly from the producer in Alsace, this is one of our best values in sparkling wine under $20.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2009  | Send Email
This is such an overlooked sparkler that deserves more of the limelight. The red fruit really sings in this rose from Alsace, more so than the standard pink champagnes and far better than the domestic options. It's such a good balance.

By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2009  | Send Email
Richly aromatic, toasted and yeasty. A full and thick bead and heavy mousse distinguish this sparkler from some of the other wines available in the price range. Definitely unique enough to satisfy the adventerous, but has something everyone can appreciate. Perfectly suited for a dessert pairing - although it's quite dry so choose its compliment carefully.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/4/2009  | Send Email
As our Alsatian wine buyer, Eric Story, pointed out to me, recently: “Most people outside of the region don’t think about Alsace for sparkling wine, but wait until you try this puppy!” He was right both times. Most people don’t know, and I couldn’t wait to have another glass after I tasted the first. This is an impeccably delightful, refreshing Brut rosé, produced entirely from Pinot Noir and bottle-aged on yeast for two years before disgorgement. The resulting wine is a sparkler that shows a lovely pinkish hue, very fine bead, and bright yeasty, strawberry and spicy fruit characteristics on the nose that carries well to the dry, clean, yet abundantly fruity palate. Try it with a grilled salmon dinner or seriously consider it for your next party. Anderson and the girls have informed me that this will be our house sparkler for spring and into summer, if it lasts that long. 12% abv

By: Eric Story |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2009  | Send Email
How can you go wrong with a rosé sparkler—especially under the $15 mark? Made from Pinot Noir, this is jam-packed with crunchy red fruits and spicy strawberry sweetness. Delightful on its own, as an aperitif, with a first course salad, or with a plate of cheese and a hearty loaf of fresh-baked bread.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/19/2008  | Send Email
I retasted this recently in one of our staff tastings and I was delighted. Lovely strawberry fruit and raspberry tones. Nice spice notes as well. This is now my favorite go-to aperitif bubbly.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/8/2008  | Send Email
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A fantastic buy in bubbles! A delicate nose of raspberries and roses. In the mouth, a very fine bead with a slight hint of minerality, more raspberries, vanilla and tart cherries. A really great bubbly to have by itself or with a light, fruit-based tart.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.
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