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Michel Nartz Cremant d'Alsace

Hand harvest. A pneumatic press gently extracts the juice but none of the bitterness from the seeds and stems. Primary fermentation in stainless steel at controlled temperatures. Secondary fermentation is done using the traditional (Champagne) method with a long slow fermentation to build up effervescence in the bottle for a minimum of 12 months. The bottles are then disgorged and receive a small 5–6 gram per liter dosage

Michel Nartz is a family winery established in the picturesque and medieval village of Dambach-la-Ville. The family possess five sustainably farmed hectares divided into multiple small parcels all around the village of Dambach-la-Ville, but also in in the nearby villages of Scherwiller and Châtenois. They are very proud to have vineyards located in the heart of the Grand Cru Frankstein, one of the 51 Grand Crus in Alsace which has a particular granitic soil that gives an intense minerality to the wine. Today, Gaby & Michel Nartz, have decided to give the reins of the wine-making to Michel’s daughter, Laurence. She is a great winemaker, well known for her creativity and passion for the wine. She defines a great wine as the sum of small actions, from a respect for nature and its energies, to the development of the vineyards.

Winemaker: Laurence Nartz
Country: France
Region: Alsace, Dambach-la-Ville
Type: Sparkling, White
Variety: Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted in the 1970s to 80s
Production: 6,000 bottles
Soil: Clay, limestone