This bottle is lavishly decorated with gold and red, evoking fin-de-siècle luxury. The wine itself is a medium golden orange-pink. At first I couldn’t even budge the cork – how embarrassing. But with a few minutes at room temperature the cork came out beautifully, with barely a sigh. A tiny whiff of toasty yeast wafted out. In the glass, there’s a very light aroma of plum, berries and apples. Light fruit on the palate, with acidity and a tinge of plum in the finish, too. The mousse is not fine, but moderate. Recommended.

WHO: Lucien Albrecht
WHAT: Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé
WHERE: Alsace, France
HOW MUCH: $18 (media sample)

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An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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