Cremant is a style of French sparkling wine made in several regions of France (outside the Champagne region itself) using the Champagne method (secondary fermentation in the bottle, etc.) Cremant d’Alsace is Cremant made in the Alsace region–a small region on the eastern border of France–right up against Germany.
Geography lesson aside, Cremants are a great way to drink French bubbly without paying Champagne prices. Cremant tend to less than half the price of Champage–sometimes way less. Cremant does differ from Champagne in several ways: Cremant does not have restrictions on the type of grapes used, and those grapes do not have to come from Champagne. Cremant is meant to be drunk young and does not benefit from aging like Champage.
So, if you are okay with popping the cork sooner, rather than later, you will be rewarded with excellent French bubbles from a range of wonderful grapes–and you won’t have to hit the credit card hard at all. Time’s a-wasting, drink up!
Willm Cremant d’Alsace Blanc de Noirs NV: Blanc de Noirs means “white from black”–in this case, sparkling white from Pinot Noir grapes (accomplished by crushing the grapes but running the juice off with almost not skin contact–hence the white color.) Moderately dry, majorly tasty. 15.00
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose NV: another Cremant made entirely with Pinot Noir–but this time more contact time with the skins produced a nice coral/pink color. Flavor follows color with notes of strawberry and cherry in a crisp, dry style. Creamy and long in the finish. 22.00
Jean-Baptiste Adam Cremant d’Alsace Emotion Brut Reserve: Chardonnay dominates with just a touch of Pinot Noir. full-bodied and textured with citrus and strawberry features. Mouthwatering. 22.00
Gustav Lorentz Cremant d’Alsace Brut NV: a cool combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Being a “brut”, the Lorentz is relatively dry, just not bone-dry. A classy sparkler for an aperitif. 25.00