Sparr’s rosé crémant is 100 percent Pinot noir grown in a gallimaufry of soils. The fruit is hand harvested, whole cluster pressed, and fermented, cold, in stainless steel. The wine spends at least 18 months en tirage prior to disgorgement, and the finished sugar is 13 g/L to balance the firm acidity.
The color is deep rose pink, more like Tavel than traditional French rosé. The bead is active, spiriting a fragrance of strawberries, green tea, wet stone, and grass. The texture is cleansing and animated by tart juicy berry fruit flavors, while the finish suggests savory nut, almost walnut, plus a delightful chalky earthiness.
It’s a lovely wine, well made in the traditional method and a screaming deal.
NV Pierre Sparr Brut Rosé Crémant d’Alsace
12.5% ABV | $18; imported by Wilson Daniels