Picture this: you’re under the sun in Alsace, France, sipping on an exuberant glass of sparkling wine, relaxing al fresco in one of the region’s charming villages, with the one you love. Sounds heavenly, right? Fortunately, a little slice (or sip!) of this heaven can come to fruition right in the comfort of your own home with Crémant d’Alsace sparkling wines.
Alsace, a captivating wine region located in northeastern France, is best known for creating some of the world’s highest quality white wines. However, the region’s sparkling wine, Crémant d’Alsace, is equally noteworthy as an elegant, affordable bubbly.
Crémant is the term for any French sparkling wine produced in in the méthode traditionnelle, outside of the Champagne region. Subject to similar rigid guidelines, Crémant d’Alsace is produced at the highest level of quality, but available at a fraction of the cost: typically $25 or less. The quality of wine, for this price point is unsurpassable and one of the many reasons Crémant d’Alsace is the top-selling crémant in all of France.
Crémant d’Alsace is typically produced with the region’s classic grape varieties: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois, Riesling and Chardonnay. All Crémant d’Alsace Rosé is made with 100% Pinot Noir – the only red grape grown in the region. Each variety brings its own special characteristic to these elegant sparklers. The Pinot Blanc creates a soft and delicate mouthfeel, while the Riesling lends the wines more lively fruit flavors and freshness. To round out the former two varieties, the Pinot Gris contributes rich and round notes. Chardonnay is used solely in Alsace for the production of Crémant and offers a lightness and elegance to the wines. Lastly, Pinot Noir creates delicate wines with pure red berry flavors.
Each glass can range from pale gold to a gorgeous salmon color; every sip is a fusion of refined exuberance and delicious flavors—Crémant d’Alsace is a bubbly that fits all occasions and cuisines. From summertime seafood, to hearty winter dishes, to sushi takeout, or just as an aperitif, you can never go wrong with a glass of Crémant d’Alsace.