Crémant is an immensely popular sparkling wine made just outside of the Champagne region of France. Maybe being just outside of a particular region doesn’t sound very special, but Crémant has its own unique flavor profile and history. If you’d like to learn more about Crémant wine, what it tastes like, and how you can pair it with food, we’ve got you covered below.
Although Crémant differs from Champagne merely because it is made outside of the Champagne region, it still goes through methode traitionelle, which is the same process used to make Champagne. By following this method, the Crémant experiences secondary fermentation in the bottle, unlike Prosecco, for example. This process gives Crémant its distinctive flavor and body, which we’ll discuss next. Crémant comes in various styles, as it can be made in various places throughout France and (sometimes) Luxembourg. These various styles come from Crémant’s versatility in using many types of grapes. Some of the most commonly used grapes include Pinot Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
Because Crémant comes in many variations, the wine can feature notes such as lemon, quince, honey, chamomile, and apple. Some Crémant can be stronger in red fruits, especially if it’s a Rosé, which is made with 100 percent Pinot Noir. You can expect the body of a Crémant to resemble that of a Champagne, as it follows very similar processing. Regardless, sparkling or white wine fans must try this wine!
The great thing about sparkling wine is it pairs well with almost anything! Crémant pairs especially well with salty and savory foods, including various types of seafood and shellfish, poultry, pork, pastas, and cheeses like brie, camembert, feta, and more.
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