This Bastille Day (July 14), we’re popping open bottles of Lucien Albrecht bubbly because this Alsace wine pairs well with everything French. Though Bastille Day originated in France, we like to celebrate it here in the states with some delicious French cuisine and of course, French wine. Stock up on some Lucien Albrecht wines to sip on all summer and save a few bottles for next year’s celebrations.
Lucien Albrecht is one of the most distinguished and long-standing producers in Alsace. Beginning in 1425 when Romanus Albrecht started the winery, Albrecht was responsible for many advancements and innovations in the region, such as being one of the three founding fathers of the regulated Crémant d’Alsace. Albrecht’s goal was to always “respect the grapes” and to respect nature. Albrecht believed Alsace is truly one of the most versatile and exciting white wine-producing regions in the world and looks to share their unique terroir through their outstanding wines.
The harvest for Crémant d’Alsace wines starts a few days earlier than the harvest for the still wines in order to preserve the bright and zippy acidity in the grapes. Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir (only the best free-run juice). Whole clusters of hand-picked grapes are softly pressed, allowing for just enough skin-contact to bring out a beautiful, bright salmon color.
Although this is a sparkling wine from France that is not from Champagne it is made according to the same standards as sparkling wine from Champagne with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle and not in large tanks (known as méthode traditionnelle).
We can’t think of any better summertime pairing with this Crémant d’Alsace than ripe, fresh, mouthwatering watermelon.
This recipe from Foley Family Wines Chef de Cuisine Alec Graham calls for just a few ingredients that will make your taste buds sing with every bite. The juicy sweetness from the watermelon complements the subtle spiciness of the chili flakes for an unforgettable flavor combination. Serve on the side of some freshly grilled chicken and pair with a hefty pour of Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé! Enjoy!
Grilled Watermelon with Feta and Basil
Time: 20 Minutes
1 personal size watermelon, about 3lbs
6oz crumbled feta cheese
1 bunch basil
1 lemon, zested and juiced
½ tsp Korean chili flake, Aleppo chili flake, or Berber chili flake
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat grill on high. Slice watermelon in half lengthwise, then again to cut into quarters. Slice quarters into ¾ inch slices.
- Season watermelon with olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili flake.
- Grill watermelon for about 3 minutes per side, until grill marks are achieved.
- To serve, top with crumbled feta, tear basil with hands into large pieces and garnish.