Region: Alsace, France
Farming/Vinification: In the northern most hills of the Alsace AOC of eastern France, Domaine Ansen has been a family of grape growers, fruit orchard farmers, cattle raisers, and all things in between, for over 400 years. In the mid-nineties, Daniel Ansen set out to learn the trade of winemaking, spending time not only in Alsace, but also Australia, the United States, and Bordeaux, where he went to enology school. In 2010 he moved back into the old family house with his wife Karine and took over the fields from his father, looking forward to converting everything to organic viticulture, and starting to make wine from their own grapes that had always gone to a local cooperative. Slowly expanding in Alsace's divers land, Daniel farms 8.5 hectares, in 40 plots (some are as small as 2 rows of vines), to 8 varieties, on 3 different soil types (black clay, limestone, and sandstone).
This fruit was pressed from whole bunches into stainless steel tanks for a long and slow cold fermentation. The wine was bottled and then after 30 months of rest, this sparkling is disgorged on demand with no dosage and only topped up with the same juice from other bottles..
Notes: zippy lime zest, small berries, pure and fresh minerality, bone dry finish
Pairing: chicken schnitzel, mushroom risotto