Crémants for all tastes

© T. Joly
Eight regions produce crémants, sparkling wines that are produced according to very strict rules ensuring their quality. Reasonably priced, they can be served as an aperitif and paired with many dishes.

Champagne aside, the best French sparkling wines are the crémants. They are produced by traditional method, which means that the second fermentation giving the wine its bubbles must happen inside the bottle, and according to strict rules such as limited yields, hand picking of the grapes and ageing on laths for several months. It gives finesse and comlexity to the crémants. Eight regions producing sparkling wines were awarded the Crémant AOC, each one using different grape varieties. Pinot blanc, riesling, pinot noir, pinot gris, auxerrois and chardonnay in Alsace. Sémillon, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot in Bordeaux. Pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot blanc, pinot gris, gamay, aligoté and melon in Bourgogne. Clairette, aligoté and muscat in Die. Poulsard, pinot noir, trousseau, chardonnay and savagnin in Jura. Chardonnay, chenin, mauzac and pinot noir in Limoux. Chenin, cabernet-franc, chardonnay, pinot noir and grolleau in the Loire Valley. Jacquère, altesse, chardonnay, pinot noir and gamay in Savoie. Hence a large range of wines boasting different tastes and characteristics. Especially as independent winemakers and cooperatives have over the years extended their range of products by launching rosés, single variety, aged in barrels, blanc de noirs, zero dosage and vintage cremants. Consequence, nowadays there are crémants for all tastes and pairing with a wide variety of dishes and food. Here is our selection.

Crémant d’Alsace
- Domaine Gilbert Ruhlmann Fils, Blanc Brut : €8.50
67750 Scherwiller, tel : 0388920321
- Cave de Beblenheim, Blanc de Noirs Brut : €7.10
68980 Beblenheim, tel : 0389479002
- Maison Cattin Frères, Blanc Brut : €7.50
68420 Voegtlinshoffen, tel : 0389493021
- Wolfberger, Blanc de Noirs Brut : €8.20
68420 Eguishem, tel : 0389222020
- Maison Dopf au Moulin, Blanc de Noirs Brut : €11.90
68340 Riquewihr, tel : 0389490969

Crémant de Bordeaux
- Brouette, Prestige Les Cordeliers Blanc Brut : €6.95
33240 Peujard, tel : 0557684209
- Union de Guyenne, Jean de James Blanc Brut : €6.90
33540 Sauveterre de Guyenne, tel : 0556711001
- Maison Rémy Brèque, Cuvée Prestige Brut Blanc Brut : €6.50
33240 Saint-Gervais, tel : 0557431042

Crémant de Bourgogne
- Maison Jean-Claude Boisset, JCB N°21 Blanc Brut : €15
21700 Nuits-Saint-Georges, tel : 0380626100

Crémant du Jura
- Domaine Rolet Père et Fils, Cuvée Coeur de Chardonnay : €15
39600 Arbois, tel : 0384660005

Crémant de Limoux
- Domaine Delmas, Cuvée des Sacres Blanc Brut 2012 : €15
11190 Antignac, tel : 046831742102

Crémant de Loire
- Bouvet Ladubay, Ilys Brut Blanc 2014 : €8
49400 Saumur, tel : 0241838383
- Gratien et Meyer, Cuvée Renaissance Blanc Brut : €7.20
49400 Saumur, tel : 0241831330

Crémant de Savoie
- Domaine André et Michel Quenard, Blanc Extra Brut 100% Jacquère 2015 : €9.50
73800 Chignin, tel : 0479281275

November 18, 2017
Thierry Joly