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Charles Baur "Emotion" Cremant d'Alsace Brut

SKU #1173885 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark There is a hint of wet chalk stone on the nose, along with crisp apple and a touch of lemon. The palate then amplifies both the chalky impression and the creamy mellow richness of the apple and the autolysis. This is restrained but very classic, understated but deeply satisfying with its creamy mousse, a hint of stone and the fruit-accentuated backdrop. The mousse is fine and the finish is wonderfully dry. (AK) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Pale straw with a persistent mousse. White stone fruit and fresh citrus on the delicate, precise nose. Very austere and clean in the middle, then slightly richer and toasty on the long, vibrant finish. A very vertical style of Crémant, this spends 36 months on the lees. About 90 percent Chardonnay and 10 percent Pinot Blanc, all from the Eichberg grand cru, in a colder microclimate near Husseren-les-Chateaux. A real Blanc de Blancs offering plenty of clarity and cut; will make a wonderful aperitif. (ID) 90+ Inner quote mark (3/2017)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's 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. Organically grown grapes.

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By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2018 | Send Email
Zesty & bright with excellent richness and subtle hints of minerals and petrol notes. Expansive on the palate this is the ideal sparkler to start off your Thanksgiving fun with family and friends.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2021

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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