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19 August 2004

Old School Cremant


I'm not so sure the casual wine consumer notices the term Cremant on California sparkling wines like Pacific Echo and Schramsberg.

Where does this term come from?

In short:  Cremant is the term for sparkling wine made using the traditional (i.e. Champagne) method in a number of France's wine regions. 

For example, traditionally-made bubbly from Burgundy is called, "Cremant de Bourgogne" (Burgundy Cremant).  According to this site, this is the skinny on Burgundian Bubbly:

"There are about 100 producers of Cremant de Bourgogne. All grape varieties grown in Burgundy are permitted, but Gamay can make up no more than a fifth of the blend. Cremant from southern Burgundy tends to be full and soft in style, and a good alternative to more costly Champagne. Cremant from the north is lighter and crisper in style."

A couple of other Cremants of interest include:

Cremant d'Alsace (form Alsace) - made primarily from the Pinot Blanc grape (some also made with P. Gris & Chardonnay).  Pinot Noir is used to make rose Cremant d'Alsace.  There are both dry (brut) and off-dry (extra dry versions.)

Creman't d'Bordeaux (from Bordeaux)

It's good stuff - and usually available at quite reasonable prices.


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