I'd buy it over Le Hermitage any day;
Me too, but only because it's much cheaper than Hermitage. I've only had a glass from Hermitage once, and it was the best wine I've ever had. I didn't know it was Hermitage when I was drinking it. I can't say I've experienced anything that has lived up to its lofty reputation as that wine.
What Crozes Hermitage producer do you normally buy? Is it the red-the syrah--or the white?
hopefully a crisp white Alsatian wine
I recently came across an Alsatian Riesling that is easy on the wallet that was very good, IMO. Ziegler. It's a trocken with crisp green apple and melon notes. Balanced and smooth--very nice finish that stays with you for awhile.
Isn't that the German version of sparkling wine?
I'm with jon on the halbtrocken, I much prefer trocken, although I've had some pretty good halbtrocken rielsing.