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Crémants of Alsace

Sparkling Alsace wine called "Crémant d'Alsace". Designation of origin controlled, they are produced by obeying very precise regulations identical to Champagne. The (Champagne) method known as traditional in Alsace consists of: - manual harvest - controlled vinification - double fermentation - bottled with the addition of yeast to cause "foaming" - disgorgement - 12 months aging in bottle before marketing The blend of grape varieties is made with different grapes such as Pinot Blanc, Riesling mainly and sometimes Chardonnay for white crémants or the addition of Pinot Noir for crémants rosés.

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What is the meaning of a bubbly wine from early harvest

Imagine yourself plunged into a sparkling world, where the finesse of the bubbles dances in harmony with the flavours of Alsace in a setting of freshness. Welcome to the realm of Crémants, sparkling wines that captivate the senses and delight the palate.

Crémant d'Alsace is much more than just a bubbly Alsatian wine or a sparkling wine; it's a true work of prestige, carefully crafted in accordance with age-old traditions. Bearing the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée label, it comes in white and rosé versions, complying with the same strict standards as Champagne.

The so-called traditional Alsatian method (Champagne is forbidden) is a precise ritual that transforms each bottle into an effervescent treasure:

  • Hand picking : The grapes are harvested by hand, with meticulous attention paid to each bunch.
  • Controlled vinification : The vinification process is precisely monitored to preserve the purity of the aromas.
  • Double fermentation : A second fermentation, a delicate ballet that gives birth to exquisite bubbles.
  • Bottling and bubbling : Yeasts added during bottling create the magic of bubbles.
  • Disgorging : A delicate art to eliminate the lees and refine the character of the Crémant.
  •  Bottle ageing: A 12-month maturing period to reach perfection.

The blend of grape varieties is composed of different grapes such as Pinot Blanc and Riesling mainly and sometimes Chardonnay for the white crémants or Pinot Noir for the rosé crémants.

They often exist in 2 versions: the demi-sec crémants, and the brut crémants that we prefer at the domain and that we propose to you.

A little history of crémant

The birth of crémant is due to the annexation of Alsace by Germany from 1870 to 1918. During this period, the region was exempt from customs duties for shipments to the Germanic country.

This had the effect of attracting a few Champagne houses to create sparkling wines. It was at this time that the Alsatians took the opportunity to learn the specific techniques of double fermentation, "la prise de mousse" and disgorgement.

Since the 19th century, several Alsatian wineries have started to produce sparkling wines using the traditional method (Champagne). However, it was not until the decree of 24 August 1976 that the AOC Crémant d'Alsace was recognised.

This provided the necessary framework for the production of a sparkling wine of a quality comparable to the requirements applied by the champagne producers themselves.