Le crémant d'Alsace
As early as the late 19th century, sparkling wines were being made in Alsace by the traditional method.
This tradition remained alive until the official creation of the AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) Crémant d'Alsace by decree on 24th August 1976 that established a new framework, which was necessary to elaborate a quality sparkling wine, according to requirements that can be compared to those applied by the professionals from Champagne.
Crémant d’Alsace usually comes from a harmonious blend of several varietals, each of which contributes to the subtle balance of the whole.
The sparkling Alsace wines, lively and delicate
They are produced by the traditional method used in Champagne and mainly from :
- the Pinot Gris,
- the Pinot Noir,
- the Riesling,
- the Chardonnay.
When the name of the varietal appears on the label, the Crémant d'Alsace is made exclusively from the varietal that is mentioned.
So the Crémant that is made from the Pinot Blanc will be called "Blanc de Blanc"; rarer is the "Blanc de Noirs" which is a white crémant made exclusively from Pinot Noir; varietal from which is also made the only Crémant Rosé d'Alsace.
The varieties from which the Crémant d'Alsace is made are very often harvested the first, at the very start of the vintage, when the grape is most finely-balanced and harmonious.
The Crémant d'Alsace : finess and originality
The Crémant d'Alsace owes its finess and originality to the unique personality of each of the Alsace grape varieties and to the ideal conditions enjoyed by the vineyards :
- a dry and sunny climate,
- vineyard slopes bathed in the rising sun,
- particularly favorable geological conditions.
Crémant d’Alsace makes a refined apéritif and an ideal cocktail or reception drink but it can also accompany cold or warm starters with seafood, white meats, game and dessert...
Today the Crémant d’Alsace represents :
- an annual average production of 21 million bottles, that is to say 13 % of all the Alsace wines.
- today the principal A.O.C sparkling wine (except Champagne), consumed at home, in France.
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