Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut

SKU #1173885 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Earthy flavors emerge first and have an aromatic hold over the entire wine. The bubbles seem to carry even more earthy tones, but the freshness in the center is lemony and bright. This balance of light and dark tones offers a moody aspect to the wine—perhaps it would be better as a winter apéritif than a summer freshener. (AK)  (12/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and tangy, an easy-drinking sparkler with flavors of nectarine, stone, tangerine and ground spice. (AN, Web-2015)

K&L Notes

Made up of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc, with zero dosage, this pretty sparkling has very classy and feminine aromatics and is very nicely textured along the palate, with classic Chardonnay character that's lightened up on the finish by the small addition of Pinot Blanc and a vibrant mineral quality. A fantastic substitute for you Champagne lovers on a budget. (Eric Story, K&L Alsace Buyer)

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2016 | Send Email
The color is a beautiful pale straw. The bubbles are lively. There is a generous toasty nose to make the champagne lover blush. The Chardonnay dominates with green and golden apples, a touch of pear on the palate and a satisfying autolytic character. The bracing acidity gives a lemon lime zest and leaves this bubbly extremely refreshing. A great party-time sparkler.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2016 | Send Email
The golden apple and lemon tart nose pick up a prominent dried ginger spiciness. The evocation of softer flavors like pastry crust on the palate are firmed up by a greater degree of acidity than one typically finds in a Cremant, which creates the impression of the wine leaning in more of a Champagne-esque direction. Even if it doesn’t muster quite that degree of verve, layering, or richness, it is one of the best alternatives we've got!

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
Sometimes sparkling wines with no dosage are piercingly acidic but the Emotion manages to be completely dry while still maintaining balance. The nose has a touch of toasty aromas without being overpowering, while yellow apples, pears, toasted walnuts and honeysuckle round out the nose. There is great mid-palate weight and texture with some brioche, apple and quince characteristics and frothy, clean bubbles with a long, lovely dry finish. The perfect accompaniment to tapas and charcuterie.

By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2016 | Send Email
I really could have used this wine in my life a few parties ago - could have served the same quality of wine for a fraction of the price. The fruit characters in here are fantastic and has an appeal which nobody can deny.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2014 | Send Email
Bright, fresh and elegant, the Chardonnay in this sparkling wine really shines with citrus, pear, apple and mineral. Looking for an affordable, classy wine for your holiday parties? Look no further!
Top Value!

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Other White Wines

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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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