Charles Baur Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé

SKU #1030836 90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Creamy red apple notes dominate the nose and continue in this rich, biscuity way on the nose. This almost is a sublimation of shortcake with Red Delicious apples. The impression is made even stronger by the dryness and the structure, resulting in a fruity yet serious and very balanced wine. (AK) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Most people outside of the region don't think about Alsace for sparkling wine, and neither did we until Armand Baur popped open a bottle of his Crémant d'Alsace on our very first visit. He actually said, "You probably have no interest in this, but maybe you would like to try?" Of course we said yes, all the while maintaining a stone cold business face. And the rest is history: we have been rocking this for many, many moons now and have been thrilled to do so. This gets its hue from Pinot Noir and is full of yeasty strawberry fruit and spice. It is a party wine but terrific any time, in any situation.

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By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2023 | Send Email
One of the best Cremant Rose in our selection. It's crunchy, bright and packed with lovely raspberry and strawberry flavors with touch of saline mineral note on the finish. Perfect summer sipper!

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2017 | Send Email
A perfect springtime sparkler! A beautiful pale salmon hue, with fine creamy bubbles, this wine is crisp and dry on the palate with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Aromas of toasted marcona almond and cream rise out of the glass, and delicate flavors of frozen raspberries and orange zest essence round out the palate and finish.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2014 | Send Email
The sparkling rose is for more than just parties, it can certainly hold up to heavier food and cuisine. Once popped you can smell bright cherries, melon and rose petals, with an underlying salinity. The palate has cranberry and black cherry, but also has an earthy, smoky minerality and intense acidity that can easily hold up to heavier cuisine. Enjoy now.

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2014 | Send Email
Crunchy cranberry and juicy strawberry make this lovely sparkling wine an easy choice for elegant and fun holiday entertaining! Spice things up with this top value rose!
Top Value!

By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/4/2014 | Send Email
How can you go wrong with a rosé sparkler — especially under $20? Made from 100% 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. The label should say "A Happy Rosé"

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: 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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