Sparkling Roses for Mother’s Day: Lucien Albrecht

MomDayLAlbrechtA toast to Mother’s! Cheers!

Pictured right to left, is my mom Suzanne Lawrence, my son, and my self from 2004. This was a publicity photo for a Living History Performance we did.

Pictured right to left, is my mom Suzanne Lawrence, my son, and my self from 2004. This was a publicity photo for a Living History Performance we did.

On Saturday, the last tuna boat of the year came in to the Ventura Harbor. We bought a whole tuna and celebrated Mother’s Day eve with fresh seared sesame oil ahi tuna on a bed of field greens with flower petals, blueberries, white Stilton with dried apricots, walnuts, plus a raw oyster! I love this meal with a silky Washington Merlot, but it also pairs well with a Pinot noir.

However since it was a festive occasion, we popped the cork on this beautiful Lucien Albrecht Cremant  D’Alsace Brut Rose, made from Pinot noir grapes.

Lucien Albrecht Cremant  D’Alsace Brut Rose is a perfect wine for Mother’s Day!

The color is a delicate pale seashell pink or that of Cecil Bruner roses, the nose is unusually fruity with strawberries galore and  floral notes too (cecil bruner there too!), the bubbles are plentiful and vivacious, and it’s lively on the tongue too –we found lots of acidity to go with the salad and tuna, with notes of strawberry and cream, raspberry, tangerine, plus salinity and then minerality in the finish.  Cork in a cage closure, 12% alcohol.

If you like dry roses, you’ll like the Lucien Albrecht D’Alsace; this one is just off-dry. If you or someone you know or love likes sweet white zins (like my grandmother!), give it a try.

This is one heckuva wine for $15-20. My husband, who is more of a beer drinker, really liked this wine. It would work great for a brunch, lunch, or dinner. I would keep a bottle of this around  because it is fun, festive, and versatile.

Note: I received this wine as a sample; it shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Also of note: In a  November 2012 article, Decanter reported that Domaine Lucien Albrecht, the second largest exporter of Alsatian wines to the US, went bankrupt. As the wines are very popular in the US because the quality is very good for the price point, especially the cremant, Domaine Lucien Albrecht was snapped up by Wolfberger which plans to maintain availability of the wines.

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