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Different Types of Crémants

The world of sparkling wines is full of treasures, and among them, crémants stand out for their elegance and diversity. From different regions of France, these sparkling wines offer an attractive alternative to Champagne, while reflecting the unique terroir of their place of origin. Discover the different types of crémant that delight the palates of wine lovers around the world.

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types de crémants

Sparkling wines with a variety of profiles

Crémants, also known as sparkling wines, are distinguished by their varied profiles, with a range of fruity aromas, often dominated by citrus nuances or notes of yellow fruit, as well as delicate floral aromas evoking white flowers, sometimes enhanced by a subtle mineral touch. Appreciated for their harmonious aromas and the delicacy of their fine bubbles, Crémants have an aromatic palate that evolves according to the grape varieties used and the way they are blended. They come in two colours: white and rosé. Generally speaking, Crémant Blancs appeal for their lingering palate, which is comparable to that of Champagne. An eloquent example is Crémant Blanc de Noirs from Burgundy, renowned for its distinctive power. Crémant Rosés, on the other hand, charm with their more pronounced fruity characteristics. Overall, finesse, freshness and elegance are the watchwords that characterise these sparkling wines. Their fine acidity helps to create a subtle balance between lightness and power, offering a complete and refined taste experience.

Crémant de Loire AOC

Crémant de Loire AOC

Known for its châteaux, the Loire Valley is also a region renowned for its vineyards and its top-quality Crémants. Made from grape varieties such as Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, Crémant de Loire wines stand out for their freshness, liveliness and remarkable versatility. The Crémant de Loire AOC produces mainly white sparkling wines, but also offers a limited number of rosé wines of exceptional quality. Whether served as an aperitif, with seafood or with lighter dishes, these crémants reveal a rich, nuanced palate that delights wine lovers the world over. The delicacy of the bubbles, combined with a subtle harmony between acidity and roundness, gives these wines an elegance that bears witness to the unique terroir of the Loire Valley.

Crémant de Bourgogne AOC

Crémant de Bourgogne AOC

Crémant de Bourgogne, made in the departments of Yonne, Côte-d'Or, Saône-et-Loire and Rhône, comes in four distinct denominations: Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé. The main grape varieties used in Burgundy fall into two categories. The first category includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. The second includes Aligoté, Gamay Noir à jus blanc, Melon and Sacy. However, the majority of Crémants are made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir gives these sparkling wines their distinctive vinosity, robust structure and remarkable finesse, while Chardonnay is fresh and elegant, developing subtle aromas of brioche, butter and hazelnuts. Crémants de Bourgogne can be enjoyed throughout a meal. A fresh Blanc de Blancs is the perfect accompaniment to a fish dish, while a Blanc de Noirs goes perfectly with free-range poultry. Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé, with its fruity aromas, is a judicious choice for dessert or ice cream, and reaches new heights of delight when paired with petits-fours. The versatility of these sparkling wines makes them ideal companions for all gastronomic occasions.

Crémant Alsace Aoc

Crémant d'Alsace AOC

The Alsace wine region, nestling at the foot of the Vosges mountains, is renowned for its aromatic white wines, and Crémant d'Alsace is no exception. Mainly made from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay grapes, this Crémant seduces with its delicate floral aromas and liveliness. Alsace's limestone soils play an essential role in the production of Crémant d'Alsace. They give the grapes a fine, balanced expression, adding an extra dimension to the complexity of these sparkling wines. It is this harmony between the carefully selected grape varieties and the unique terroir that gives Crémant d'Alsace its distinctive personality. Its fruity freshness and delicate effervescence make it a great choice as an aperitif, and it also goes well with a variety of dishes. Whether served with seafood, white meats or cheeses such as Camembert or Brie, this crémant always finds its place at the table. Its versatility makes it an ideal ally to sublimate a variety of delicate dishes, offering an unforgettable culinary experience.

Crémant du Jura AOC

Crémant du Jura AOC

The Crémant du Jura appellation is part of the prestigious wine heritage of the Côtes du Jura, Arbois, Château-Chalon and Étoile. This name, with its rich history and unique terroir, contributes to the exceptional winegrowing identity of the Jura region. The grape varieties authorised in the production of Crémants du Jura reflect the characteristic diversity of the region. They include Poulsard, Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Chardonnay and Savagnin. Like Champagne, Crémants du Jura come in Brut, Sec, Demi-Sec, Blanc or Rosé versions, each determined by the grape varieties used and the amount of sugar added. These sparkling wines are distinguished by their fruity and floral freshness, while their elegant palate is underpinned by the finesse of their bubbles. The harmony of the different grape varieties that make up these wines creates a refined aromatic framework, offering a wide palate of the most delicate food and wine pairings.

Crémant de Savoie AOC

Crémant de Savoie AOC

The majestic peaks of the French Alps are home to an equally remarkable Crémant appellation: Crémant de Savoie. Crémant de Savoie sparkling wines are blends, at least 60% of which are made from two local grape varieties, Jacquère and Altesse, complemented by Chardonnay, Aligoté, Mondeuse, Chasselas, Molette, Gamay and Pinot Noir. This subtle combination of grape varieties gives Crémant de Savoie wines an elegant aromatic structure. They have a fruity freshness with floral notes and an elegant palate with fine bubbles. From the aperitif to the meal, these wines are perfect for all your social, festive and gastronomic occasions. The finesse of the bubbles and the liveliness make them an ideal choice to accompany mountain dishes such as Savoyard fondue, as well as offering a refreshing alternative to better-known sparkling wines.

Crémant de Bordeaux Aoc

Crémant de Bordeaux AOC

Bordeaux's worldwide reputation also extends to sparkling wines, with Crémant de Bordeaux. The fruit of a meticulous blend of grape varieties such as Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, this crémant offers an elegant alternative that perfectly complements the region's rich wine-growing heritage. White or rosé, Crémants de Bordeaux come in different styles: brut, demi-sec or doux. The elegance and refinement of Crémants de Bordeaux wines are enhanced by their harmoniously balanced aromas. Each sip reveals an olfactory complexity where floral, fruity and possibly toasty notes offer a remarkable experience. Their quality is on a par with the prestige of Bordeaux wines, making them a popular choice both as an aperitif and to accompany the most gourmet of meals.

Crémant de Limoux

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Crémant du Limoux AOC

Crémant de Limoux

Crémant de Limoux, the wine jewel of southern France, has a distinguished history dating back to the 16th century, making it one of the world's first sparkling wines. Mainly made from the Mauzac, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grape varieties, this crémant is characterised by its exceptional aromatic richness and complexity. The different cuvées of Crémant de Limoux offer a variety of styles, from the driest to the sweetest, enabling connoisseurs to find the one that best suits their preferences. Crémant de Limoux also appeals for its versatility when it comes to food pairings. Whether served with seafood, poultry or desserts, this crémant always finds its place at the table, adding a festive and refined note to every occasion.

crémant et champagne différence

Which Crémant is closest to Champagne?

Of all the Crémants, Crémant de Bourgogne bears the closest resemblance to Champagne, for a number of converging reasons. Firstly, these two types of wine share the same grape varieties, and the soils in which they are produced are often quite similar. What's more, the vinification method used is the same, and there are also Crémants de Bourgogne that benefit from ageing in crayère, similar to that used for Champagne. Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc is distinguished by its freshness, elegance and marked acidity, providing a subtle balance between strength and lightness. Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé is characterised by great delicacy, with pronounced notes of red fruit. Although their ageing capacity is limited to three to five years, unlike many Champagnes, their organoleptic qualities make them ideal companions for gourmet meals. It would be a shame not to discover them! Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc is best enjoyed as an aperitif, and goes well with oysters, fish, seafood, shellfish and poultry. Its fine bubbles and freshness provide the distinctive signature of a singular terroir. As for Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs, with its citrus aromas, it is appreciated as an aperitif and goes perfectly with refined dishes such as scallops or river fish such as trout or Arctic char. The windier Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs goes wonderfully well with meats, poularde de Bresse or free-range poultry. Finally, Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé is renowned as an aperitif wine and is best reserved for desserts. Its fruity character goes perfectly with red fruit desserts, ice creams, sorbets and petits fours.

What is the difference between Crémant and Champagne?

Crémant and Champagne are sometimes difficult to distinguish at first glance or on tasting. The biggest difference between these two sparkling wines is the region in which they are produced. Crémant is produced in seven French wine-growing regions: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire and Savoie. Champagne, on the other hand, can only be produced within the geographical area of the Champagne appellation.

Why is Crémant cheaper than Champagne?

Considered the luxury wine par excellence, the price of Champagne is higher than that of Crémant. The main reasons for this price difference are the much higher cost of grapes in Champagne, due to the manual grape harvest required by the AOC, and the longer ageing period in Champagne.

How much does a good Crémant cost?

There is generally a wide range of quality Crémants at very affordable prices: from a few pounds a bottle to around 20.

With its freshness and bubbles, Crémant will enhance all your dishes from aperitif to dessert, for a moment of conviviality, a festive meal, an aperitif with friends, a romantic dinner, an important event or a New Year's Eve meal. A great alternative to Champagne!

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