I’ve been on a sparkling wine journey for the past three weeks. Today’s stop is for a Crémant de Bourgogne. This one is from Louis Bouillot, a firm founded in 1877 in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Jean Bouillot was a wine and spirits merchant and was at the forefront of the Crémant movement. The one I chose is made from Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Chardonnay.
Crémant wines are made in the traditional method, just like Champagne, but come at a fraction of the price. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle rather than in autoclave which is how Charmat made wines such as Prosecco are created.
Crémant are extremely well made wines, tend to have a creamy mousse, and a lovely perlage, and are absolutely ones to keep for special occasions, everyday meals, and also to bring to a party.
There are eight regions in France that produce Crémant. Some are very well known such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, and the Loire Valley and the famous region of Bordeaux. Others are smaller regions such as Savoie, Jura, Die, and Limoux. All are absolutely wines to try.
One of the very interesting facets of these Crémant style wines is that they are made from a variety of grapes. I’ve written about a few of these wines of late which you can read here and here.