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Not every sparkling wine from France is allowed to bear the name Crémant. This is reserved only for the best sparkling wines that meet the strict guidelines. First, the entire grape, including stem and stalk, must be pressed. This process is called whole bunch pressing. This is the basis for more freshness, fruit and acidity in the finished Crémant. Only base wines of AOC status may serve as the basis. In addition, a maximum of 100 liters of must per 150 kg of grapes, as well as a maximum of 150 mg/l of sulfur dioxide are allowed. The most important criterion for a Crémant wine is bottle fermentation according to the Méthode traditionelle or Méthode classique. Crémant must be aged for at least 12 months, 9 of them on the lees. Depending on the region, there are several grape varieties. These are mainly local grapes.
Crémant - the mirror of the land
Crémant de Limoux
Crémant de Limoux owes its freshness and character to grape varieties from the Languedoc region. Mainly Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, plus Pinot Noir and Mauzac as secondary varieties. Together, these form a round cuvée with noble perlage and moderate alcohol. Crémant de Limoux reflects the beautiful life by the sea. Off into the sun, the warmth of the south, and a glass of Crémant de Limoux in your hand. As an aside, the world's first sparkling wine, which was intentional and not a mistake, was created right here in 1531.
Crémant de Loire
This sparkling cremant features the fruity character of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau Gris and Menu Pineau. These thrive along the Loire River and its tributaries. The bouquet exudes floral aromas that make Crémant de Loire a sparkling companion on hot days. The rooster crows, the smell of brioche, and a Crémant for breakfast. That is joie de vivre from the Loire.
Crémant de Bordeaux
In contrast to the red wine from Bordeaux, the Crémant de Bordeaux is rather light in nature. Fruity and fresh in a golden dress, the sparkling wine from the heart of viticulture in France presents itself. It is made from the grapes Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. It is refined with Merlot Blanc, Colombard and Ugni Blanc. The vital acidity and fine perlage satisfy the desire for extra freshness.
Crémant de Bourgogne
Sparkling and fruity character, typical grape varieties from Burgundy - this is the Crémant de Bourgogne. Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay primarily make up this sparkling wine. In addition, the varieties Aligoté, Sacy, Melon de Bourgogne and Gamay find a place in the production of Crémant.
Crémant d'Alsace is commonly considered the most popular sparkling wine after Champagne. A cuvée of Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay or Riesling forms the basis of the sparkling wine. Fruity, fresh, sparkling, creamy and always in a good mood. The sparkling wine from Alsace (Alsace) will convince you day and night.
FAQs about Crémant sparkling wine
What is Crémant?
Crémant is the name given to any French sparkling wine that does not come from Champagne. It must also be aged on its lees for at least 9 months. A noble perlage, developed acid structure and fruity aromas are typical for Crémant. Depending on which part of France the sparkling wine comes from, it has regional influences with its own character. In order to carry the protected designation Crémant on the label, the sparkling wine must meet the following conditions:
Must obtained by whole grape pressing
Only wines with AOC status may serve as the base wine
Maximum 100 liters of must per 150 kg of grapes
Maximum 150 mg/l of sulfur dioxide may be added to the sparkling wine
At least 12 months of aging, 9 of them in the bottle
What food and occasion is Crémant enjoyed with?
Crémant is often served as an aperitif. However, it also goes well with salads, pasta, fish and poultry, desserts and appetizers.
How long does an open bottle of Crémant keep?
An open bottle of Crémant will lose its carbon dioxide quite quickly. So if the open bottle is not empty, it can be stored in the refrigerator for another 2-3 days. However, be sure to seal the bottle airtight with a champagne stopper.
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Things to know about Crémant
What is the difference between Champagne and Crémant? Both are sparkling wines. Champagne is produced in the wine-growing region of Champagne. Crémant is produced in regions outside the Champagne region.
What is Crémant? Crémant is a French sparkling wine produced outside the Champagne region. It must be aged on its lees for at least nine months. A maximum of 100 liters of must may be produced from 140 kg of grapes. Maximum sulfur content is 150 mg/liter Good or popular Crémants are e.g. Crémant Saphir Saumur Brut from Bouvet Ladubay or Aimery Grande Cuvée 1531 from Sieur d'Arques Crémant is drunk from classic, thin-walled sparkling wine glasses, the (champagne) flute, so that the perlage can spread in the belly there and the bouquet unfolds towards the top. Professionals prefer the classic white wine tulip, because it tapers towards the top and concentrates the aromas. You can hold your nose in the glass to better absorb the aroma during tastings.
What is a good Crémant? Crémant Brut is a dry French sparkling wine with less than 15g of residual sugar per liter. Brut is a French word meaning tart.
How to drink Crémant? Sekt and Crémant are sparkling wines. Sekt comes from Germany, Crémant comes from France.
What does Crémant brut mean? Crémant is drunk chilled, with the ideal drinking temperature between 6 and 8° C..
Is Crémant sparkling wine? Crémant should be drunk as young as possible, but can keep for up to 4 years, depending on the ageing of the sparkling wine. Cool, dark, upright storage is recommended to preserve the full aroma even with longer storage.
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