Madame Baur started us off with their sparkling Crémant, actually the only crémant of the trip. Crémant is the second most popular style of wine in Alsace (after regular AOC Alsace) but is still a far cry behind so a lot of producers don't make it. And, it takes a whole special process to make so you have to be able to dedicate time and space to it. And despite their small family run operation, they have decided to make crémant. This winery has been in the family for 9 generations and that may be the biggest constant in Alsace, generations of family-run wineries.
We continued tasting through their wines, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, AOC Alsace, Grand Cru, and late harvest. We took a quick tour (did I mention it was a small facility?) and saw their barrel room where they age their Sang du Dragon. This is probably one of their most popular wines, a pinot noir aged for 20 months in barriques. It's definitely one of the heartier wines we tasted while there. But if I were honest, it wasn't my favorite. One of the things I love about Alsace wines is their cleanliness and while aging in oak definitely adds some complexity, I think it also masks that simplicity I love.