What is Crémant?

Crémant is a (mostly) French sparkling wine made in eight designated regions. It’s made in the same way as champagne and sometimes with the same grape (depending on the region).

How do you pronounce crémant?

It’s pronounced cray-mont.

Is crémant as good as champagne?

It’s different, but as bubbles go, a good crémant is more than worth drinking. Pound for pound it’s a very reasonable option too.

Why choose Crémant?

  1. You’re not a fan of Prosecco’s sweetness and lack of complexity.
  2. You’re still to be convinced about cava. (Don’t give up being convinced!!)
  3. Your bank account doesn’t stretch to a regular champagne habit although you would like it to.

What does Crémant taste like? Is it dry or sweet?

Crémant can be very dry (look out for Brut Nature or Extra Brut on the label), dry – that’s Brut, or if you have a sweet tooth or want to serve crémant with dessert, search for Demi-Sec. Taste depends on the region. Some crémants are reminiscent of champagne and others are very different! Here are some examples.

Crémant de Bourgogne –

  • Can be fresh, crisp and citrusy isp and citrusy’ or round and full with red fruit notes.
  • made in Burgundy, next door to Champagne,
  • made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; these grapes are also used to make champagne.

Crémant d’Alsace –

  • Tastes of orchard fruits with hints of pastry.
  • it’s made very close to Champagne, but in a sunnier part of France where the grapes ripen more and the resulting wine is more rounded than champagne a little creamier.
  • made with Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois and Riesling

Crémant de Limoux –

  • Tastes of green apples with hints of honey and blossom
  • Made in the sunny south of France where gripes ripen well.
  • Must include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac. Pinot Noir can be included but no more than 10%

Limoux was the place where sparkling wines were discovered, monks in Limoux taught Dom Perignon!

How long does crémant last

How long does crémant last?

Like most sparkling wines such as champagne and prosecco. Crémant is sold ready to drink. It doesn’t really benefit from ageing post purchase so sip away. Certainly drink within a year of purchase.

Crémant versus Prosecco

Crémant is more complex than prosecco, because it’s aged in bottle to develop the bubbles and there is least 9 months of contact with the yeast sediment. Prosecco bubbles are developed in a big tank with yeast but there is little yeast contact so the wine stays much fruitier. One is not better than the other, they are different and it comes down to personal preference.

What food to serve with crémant?

Crémant goes really well with fish, fried food and delicate hard cheeses. It also makes a fantastic aperitif.

Browse a few Crémants below: