Crémant d’Alsace Brut NV, Joseph Cattin ($16.95)
Produced from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay in the traditional method. Aged for at least 12 months on the lees; no disgorgement date listed.
Lemon-green, with a fine, persistent bead. A toasty nose indicative of having been aged on its lees, accompanied by candied orange peel and lemon. The mousse almost floats on the palate, with smooth, gentle bubbles that pleasantly envelop the mouth. Dry, with plentiful acidity. Gulpable. A well-made traditional method sparkler; a real winner at this price.