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Domaine Rieflé Crémant d'Alsace Brut Formula (NV): Alsace, France


Tasting Notes

This Crémant Brut is floral with notes of white flowers and delicately fruity with notes of yellow fruits on the nose with notes of brioche. It is generous on the palate, with fine bubbles and a slightly sweet dosage which remains discreet to balance the acidity and still keep this wine dry. An excellent apéritif wine that can also be served with any meal. Make this with the centerpiece for any occasion.

Winery Details

The Rieflé family is deeply rooted in the history and culture of the Rhine. The domaine's very identity is inspired by the spirit of its beautiful winemaker’s house which was built in Pfaffenheim in 1609. It sits next to a magnificent church with a 13th century choir, the quintessence of Roman architecture.

Six generations have built the family's winemaking tradition since it began in 1850.

The first pages of this contemporary story, during which two global conflicts took place, were written by Joseph Rieflé (1908-2006) and his wife Madeleine Freytag (1909-1988). Marthe and René Rieflé then took over the family business and grew the reputation of its wines throughout France.

From the 1980’s, Annick and Jean-Claude Rieflé and their team of dedicated winemakers made the most of the new opportunities created by the E.U. and the beginnings of globalization, introducing the domaine's Alsatian wines to new consumers. They were joined at the domaine by their sons, Thomas and Paul, in 2009 and 2010. Thomas manages the vineyard and Paul is responsible for building the business.

The two brothers share a humanist and socially responsible approach to winemaking. Faced with the realities of a global market, they took inspiration from the famous quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children''.

They developed and certified the entire vineyard in accordance with Organic Agriculture specifications.

As well as respecting the soil, flora, fauna and health in general, Organic Agriculture is also a useful means of bringing out the different characteristics of Domaine Rieflé's numerous terroirs.

In Organic Agriculture, man and his work play a central role in the creation of fine wines. As part of the domaine's humanist approach and support for the local community, manual work is outsourced to a local association for professional reintegration.

This coherent and modern viticultural vision also engenders a strong identity which cannot be delocalized and which is a guarantee of sustainability in a rapidly changing world.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Domaine Rieflé

Grape(s): 40% Pinot Blanc, 40% Auxerrois, 10% Pinot Gris and 10% Chardonnay

Style: White, dry (Brut), sparkling (Crémant is sparkling wine made outside of the Champagne region in France).

Origin: Pfaffenheim, Alsace, France

Vinification: Organic and sustainable farming. The grapes are hand harvested. The grapes are fermented with native in century-old oak barrels and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Secondary fermentation via Méthode Traditionnelle occurs in bottle and the wine is then aged in bottle on the lees. The Crémant is produced to be Brut with a dosage of the slightest bit of sweetness to balance the acidity and still keep the wine dry by definition. Minimal SO2.

Aging: Aged in century-old oak barrels and stainless steel for the primary fermentation. Aged in bottle on the lees

% ABV: 12.5%