Alsace Willm - Brut Cremant Blanc de Noirs label
Alsace Willm - Brut Cremant Blanc de Noirs bottle

Alsace Willm - Brut Cremant Blanc de Noirs NV

White Sparkling Wine

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Item# 461

Product Ratings

Wine Enthusiast 90pt

Estate

In 1896 the Willm family founded the Willm Estate in Barr, at the foot of the majestic Kirchberg de Barr Grand Cru vineyard. Willm has always been concerned with revealing the best of its terroirs and sharing its exceptional wines with the whole world. Thanks to the adventurous founder Emile WILLM, the estate’s wines were the first from Alsace to be exported to the United States in the early 1930s, after prohibition laws were lifted. Their wines are celebrated for their blend freshness, minerality and elegance; they are synonymous with tradition, terroir, purity and refinement.

Tasting notes

An Alsace Cremant that presents a lovely golden color, delicate bubbles and a nose of apples and fresh grapes. Long and fresh, the finish provides a rare feeling of elegance and harmony. From the Pinot Noir varietal but vinified as a white sparkler. This means that a rapid separation was necessary as well as a particularly soft pressing to avoid any color from the skin in the juice. This sparkler offers all the delicacy of red fruits and flowers with good structure at the mid palate and no tannins. Always made from the varietals classed AOC Cremant d'Alsace, the Cremant grapes are harvested before the other grapes in order to take advantage of their best balance and harmony. Produced according to the methode traditionnelle, Alsace Cremants are racked in a nearly inverted position where they age patiently. Then, after 12 months minimum, they are riddled or turned so that the sediment collects in the neck of the bottles, awaiting disgorgement.

Vineyard

The Willm vineyard is located in the Barr region of northern Alsace at an altitude of 200-400 meters, extending from the mountainous base of the Vosges to the plains of Alsace and the Rhine. Bordered by the Vosges Mountains to the west, the Barr hillsides benefit from a dry and sunny microclimate thanks to their south-southeast exposure, optimal for cultivating the vines. The fluctuation between warm days and cool nights in autumn is conducive to a slow, prolonged grape maturation. Our diverse soils are a product of the region’s diverse landscape. The mountainous Vosges make way for smaller hills which stretch into various flatlands—just a few of about a dozen geological formations that comprise our region’s landscape. The vineyard itself consists primarily of granite and clay-limestone soils, while the coastal marine environment contributes to the terroir’s mineral-rich quality.