Happy Wednesday! You may have caught our Instagram post the other day, in which we documented our pairing of Passionfruit Hazelnut Macarons with a bottle Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé (and a stunning view over Galiano Island!) We're happy to report it was delicious. So delicious, in fact, that we were inspired to do a little post about Crémant wines.
So we'll start with the basics: what is Crémant?? Basically, it is not Champagne. As is pretty general knowledge now, Champagne is an appellation, meaning it comes from a specific geographic location that is protected by law. Originally, the 'Crémant' designation did actually refer to sparkling wines from the Champagne region that had been produced with slightly less carbon dioxide, and somewhat lower bottle pressure (typically 2–3 atmospheres instead of 5–6), which created a 'creamy' effervescence, as opposed to the fizziness of traditional champagnes. These days, 'Crémant' is used for sparking wines produced with the Champagne method, but outside of the Champagne region. French appellation laws dictate that a Crémant must be harvested by hand, and be aged for a minimum of one year. One significant difference, though, is that a greater variety of grapes can be used for Crémant than are allowed with Champagne. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gamay ‘jus blanc’, Aligoté, Melon and Sacy, are all used.
There are eight appellations for sparkling wine which include the designation Crémant in their name:
• Crémant d'Alsace
• Crémant de Bordeaux
• Crémant de Bourgogne
• Crémant de Die
• Crémant du Jura
• Crémant de Limons
• Crémant de Loire
• Crémant de Savoie
And you may have noticed in the picture, we had a Brut. Here's what that means in terms of sweetness:
Brut Nature: no sugar added
Extra-Brut: < 6g sugar/litre
Brut: 6-12g sugar/litre
Extra-Sec/Dry: 12-20g sugar/litre
Sec/Dry: 17-35g sugar/litre
Demi-Sec/Dry: 33-50g sugar/litre
Doux: > 50g sugar/litre
We found the macarons, being, of course, on the Doux side ;), worked really nicely with the Brut!
So if you have an occasion coming up, or if you're just already mulling over plans for the weekend, we can very confidently recommend a Crémant and Macaron party.