The origins of what would become Maison Lucien Albrecht date from 1698 when Balthazar Albrecht settled in Orschwihr, a small Alsatian village ideally located for growing grapes. On this particular terroir eight generations of Albrechts would follow one another, working the soil with relentless determination and passion to forge a name and create the qualities particular to Alsace wines, known and recognized the world over.
Our grapes flourish around Orschwihr and on the protected hill of Bollenberg. The soil in this type of terroir – very dry clay, chalky, and quite heavy – largely contributes to the distinct characteristics of Lucien Albrecht wines.
Lucien Albrecht is one of the founding fathers of the “Crémant d’Alsace.” Thanks to his perseverance as well as that of other producers, the méthode traditionnelle was officially recognized and accorded the status AOC Crémant d’Alsace.
The strong values of the Maison are closely linked to the concerns of preserving the environment and the need for minimal interference, from the soil to the glass. Restrictive charters and rules of production were put in place. The harvest is primarily manual, so that the grapes are whole and undamaged when they are put in the pneumatic presses for slow and gentle pressing. A natural fining is done to protect the wine from any harsh handling.