Crémants for the Holidays

Cremants for the Holidays
Crémants for the Holidays

Crémants we like for the Holidays

What exactly is a Crémant? Crémants are French sparkling wines made in the traditional “methode champenoise,” a second fermentation with the bottle capped, trapping the bubbles (carbon dioxide) inside the bottle. Crémants are not Champagne, but are indeed made very much in the same manner. Only sparkling wines made in the region of Champagne, France, can be labeled “Champagne.”

The best thing about Crémants is the quality and price. Crémants are a lot less expensive than Champagne, without sacrificing the taste or refreshing aspect of sparkling wine. Crémantare a fantastic choice for toasting and celebrating the Holidays. Seven French regions are allowed to make Crémant. Each region has specific requirements for labeling a sparkling wine as a Crémant. Click on this link to discover additional information on Crémant wines and how they are made.

For the past two weeks, the Vintage Wine Tasters have been exploring the world of Crémants. We tasted Crémants from Loire, Alsace, Burgundy and more. Here are the Crémant wines we like, the cost, and where to buy them. Crémants are an excellent way to celebrate the Holidays without breaking the bank.

Recommended Crémant Wines

Prince Alexandre Crémant De Loire

One Crémant stood out from the rest because of its quality and price ratio. Several of our Vintage Wine Tasters tasted this Crémant. It is at Costco for $8.99. It is 100% Cabernet Franc and a Rosé. Cab Franc is a red grape, which means the wine juice in the Prince Alexandre rested on the skins for a short period. The Cab Franc gives this sparkling wine a wonderful aroma and flavor. I do not know of any other Crémant that is 100% Cabernet Franc. Costco at Foster City and San Bruno have a hefty supply.

$8.99 at Costco – a Solid 88 Points

Pierre Sparr Brut Crémant D Alsace and Pierre Sparr Brut Rose Crémant D Alsace

The Pierre Sparr Brut
The Rosé version of the Pierre Sparr Crémant

We have two Joe’s in our wine tasting club, with each Joe recommending these two Crémants from Alsace. KL Wines carries these two bright and refreshing Crémants for $15.99. Both have an abundant aroma and a beautiful creamy texture. The Brut is mostly Pinot Blanc and the Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir. Both make for a perfect bubbly for the Holidays. The Rosé is an excellent choice for a Thanksgiving meal.

Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne “Perle d’Aurore” Brut Rosé

From Burgundy comes this tasty Crémant

Mike on the Louis Bouillot: Love the strawberry upfront and the tart mouthfeel. It is made in the Burgundy region from Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes. I enjoyed the palate feel with a refreshing zest of light bubbles to delight the palate. I like it at 89 Points. KL Wines for $15.99

Toques Et Clochers Cremant De Limoux

Crémant de Lumoux at BevMo

Jim on the Toques Et Clochers Cremant De Limoux: This wine is on the BevMo 5-Cent sale. When you buy two, the price comes out to $12 a bottle. If I tasted this wine at a wedding reception, I would congratulate the host on such a fine Champagne. That’s how good this Crémant tastes. Whenever I need to celebrate, this wine is for me.

The Domaine Allimant Laugner Crémant de Alsace

The Domaine Allimant Launger is one of my favorite Crémants. Whole Foods, KL Wines and The Ferry Plaza Merchant all carry this outstanding wine. The beautiful Rosé color is only a hint at how good this wine tastes. It is one of the few wines that is so delicious; you hate to put the bottle away for another day. The price ranges from $18.99 to $21.99.

The Sparkling Wine Stopper

Many wine lovers open a sparkling wine for a special occasion or as their aperitif. What should you do if you do not drink the entire bottle of wine? Sparkling wine can be preserved, bubbles and all, for a couple of days using a sparkling-wine stopper. The stopper clamps down on the bottle with a snug fit, preventing the carbon dioxide bubbles from escaping.

More on Sparkling Wine

champagne stoppers
Sparkling wine and Champagne stoppers for the unfinished bottle

What Crémant is in your flute? Give us a recommendation and we will try and sample it.

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