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Crémant is a term used to describe sparkling wines from France produced using the same method as Champagne but originating from regions other than Champagne. Some can be much lighter and crisp in style, closer to Prosecco than Champagne but the Crémants de Bourgogne, especially those from Southern Burgundy, are one of France's best kept secrets as they can make a really good value alternative to champagne.
This is a lovely fresh medium-bodied Crémant from Manoir du Carra, one of Beaujolais & Burgundy's top producers. It's a Blanc de Blanc as it's produced solely from Chardonnay grapes and has a beautiful floral & fruity bouquet with just a hint of Champagne aromas of biscuit and brioche. This wine has a persistent mousse; I drank it over several days just using a clip down cap on the bottle to preserve it and it kept fresh and sparkling. On the palate white fruits abound like apple and pear plus I noticed a hint of tangerine. The fruits and the light brioche flavours balance well with the fresh acidity and you are left with a long-lasting creamy, fruit finish. I can't tell you how much I love this wine!
It makes a very good alternative to Champagne given it is produced by the same method, from the same grapes and has the same characteristics as Champagne but with a lower price tag.
Drink on its own or with canapés, smoked salmon, caviar, shellfish including lobster, fish, chicken, turkey and desserts especially fruit based desserts such as sorbet
"Nice golden lemon color. The very thin foam unveils delicate bubbles. The nose reveals main white flowers aromas which are enhanced in the mouth by dominant white fruit aromas with some almond notes at the end."
Tasted blind, this old vine Crémant de Bourgogne could easily pass for Champagne; it's slightly fruitier thanks to the 100% Chardonnay and a fraction lighter in body but makes a refreshing alternative to Blanc de Blanc Champagne