Jean-Baptiste Adam

Crèmant “les Natures” – NV

Region: FRANCE - ALSACE

Jean-Baptiste Adam

In May 2014, Jean-Baptiste Adam and his family celebrated the 400th anniversary of their family being grape growers and winemakers in Ammerschwihr, Alsace, France. Jean-Baptiste’s daughter, Laure, is the 15th generation to participate in the family wine business. Through the centuries family members have been leaders in their community. Now, Jean-Baptiste can count himself among the leaders of biodynamic farming in Alsace. Jean-Baptiste Adam produces wines of elegance, balance, minerality and longevity.

Grapes / Soils

Pinot Blanc (40%), Chardonnay (30%), Pinot Noir (30%) Planted 1975 – 2010 Granite 2 acres

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Size of vineyard (acres): 2
  • Soil composition: granite
  • Training method: double Guyot
  • Elevation (feet): 656
  • Vines/acre: 2850
  • Yield/acre (hl): 27.27
  • Exposure: Southeast
  • Year vineyard planted: from 1975 to 2010
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in early September
  • Cold soak for 12 hours at 10 degrees C
  • Fermentation and aging in century French wooden cask for 6 months
  • Size of aging containers: from 12hl to 78hl
  • Length of bottle aging minimum: 18 months on lees
Winemaker's Notes

Pale yello wcolor with golden tints, with dense, very fine mousse. Highly expressive, fruity nose of grapes and ripe stone fruits combined with the typically vinous character of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, giving way to floral notes. In the mouth, the fine bubbles comes to caress the palate to then the fleshy side of some fruit appears. It gives a hint of roundness, naking a pleasant, balanced and harmonious wine.

Perfect as an aperitif or accompany fish or seafood.

Wine Summary

Pinot Blanc (30%), Chardonnay (30%), Pinot Noir (30%); alcohol: 12%; vine age – planted 1975 – 2005; granite soils; fermented in century wooden cask at 68°F to 76°F; aged 6 months; aged in bottle on lees for 18 months.

Technical Information
  • Alcohol (%): 12.0
  • pH level: 3.1.
  • Residual sugar (grams/liter): 5.84
  • Acidity H2SO4 (grams/liter): 4.89

Reviews

89 Points

Jean-Baptiste Adam’s pale-golden, Crémant d’Alsace Brut Les Natures is a classic Champagne blend made in Alsace. The wine has a subtle and fresh bouquet which reveals classic Champagne aromas of lemons, apples and brioches along with some herbal flavors. The attack on the palate is very delicate, light and finesse-full due to finest sparkling bubbles before you detect a stunning synthesis of Champagne’s purity.

© Wine Advocate, September, 2015

91 Points

This is a really dry and pretty wine with sliced apple, pear and mineral. Full body, very fine bubble. Wow. A blend of chardonnay, pinot blanc and pinor noir. Fermented in barrel. Gotta like this. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, October, 2015

89 Points

A savory hint of soy sauce spices the citrus hints on the nose. The palate is dry and reveals deeper fruit of yellow mirabelle plum and ripe apple. The dosage is restrained and the mousse is fine, all making for an elegant, fruit-driven fizz of rounded freshness.

Wine Enthusiast, December, 2016

89 Points

Jean-Baptiste Adam’s pale-golden, non-vintaged Crémant d’Alsace Les Natures is a classic Champagne blend made in Alsace.  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were fermented in old wooden casks (fouders) and kept  on the bottle for 18 months before disgorgement.  The wines has a subtle and fresh bouquet which reveals classic Champagne aromas of lemons, apples and brioches along with some herbal flavors in a very subtle and delicate way.

© Wine Advocate, March, 2017

90 Points

Beautifully aromatic notes of ripe apple make for a most appetizing nose. The soft fizz on the palate underlines both the fruity apple purity and the bready backdrop of autolysis. A very harmonious refreshing wine that is dry, utterly light and moreish.

Wine Enthusiast, December, 2017

90 Points

Pale straw with a persistent stream of small bubbles. Vanilla and sweet spices complement white flowers and stone fruit on the enticing nose. Then juicy and vibrant, offering crystalline flavors similar to the aromas. Very vertical wine that finishes long and clean; will make a nice aperitif. Vinified in used 500-hL oak barrels and spends at least 18 months on the lees. This is a blend of 50% Pinot Blanc, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay.

Vinous, April, 2018

91 Points

Made from an almost-equal blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, this has aromas of freshly cut white flowers and hints of buttery pastry. On the palate there are fine bubbles expressing fleshy apricot and lemon flavours. It is delicate and nuanced, a lighter style than some of the others in the tasting but has harmony and subtle persistency. The estate celebrated their 400 anniversary in 2014 with 15th generation winemaker Laure assisting her father Jean-Baptiste, one of the leading biodynamic farmers in Alsace. 2020 – 2024

Decanter, August, 2020

91 Points

If you like lighter, fresher-style champagnes, then you should enjoy this Alsace Crémant a lot. I like the delicate apple, pear and berry notes, as much as the elegant, medium body and the long, clean finish that pulls you back to the glass for more. A blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot blanc. From organically grown grapes. Drink now.

jamessuckling.com, July, 2021

General Info

Country France
Region ALSACE
Appellation(s) AOP ALSACE – AOP CREMANT D’ALSACE- AOP ALSACE GRAND CRU -AOP VENDANDES TARDIVES- AOP SELECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES
Proprietors JEAN-BAPTISTE ADAM
Founded 1614
Winemaker JEAN-BAPTISTE ADAM
Annual Production 600 000 to 800 000 BOTTLES
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC CERTIFIED ORAGNIC AND DEMETER