Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cremant

“If it’s sparkling wine not from Champagne, but made in the Champagne method, what is it called?” the teacher asked in class. We were talking about France.

I promptly answered, “sparkling wine.” Phew, that was an easy one! What else could it be?

“Crémant,” another student responded right after me.

Shit.

French sparkling wine

Photo from Wikipedia Commons.

Oh well, now I know. It’s better to get it wrong in class than on the exam. Sparkling wine made in the Champagne method from elsewhere in France other than Champagane is called Crémant.

In fact, traditional Champagne varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier) do not have to be used to make Crémant. It’s generally made from grapes that produce the best still white wines in the given region, but aromatic varieties such as Muscat and Gewurztraminer are forbidden.

One other interesting fact, you may have seen rose Champagne. It’s the only type of rose wine in the EU where red and white wine can be blended to make a rose. Typically, roses are made from dark skinned grapes only.

I hope you had some tasty wine today. After all, it is Wine Wednesday! I’m probably the sole person I let down yesterday because I didn’t post and I didn’t meet up to my daily challenge. I’m sorry if I let you down too. I eventually forgave myself and made a studying schedule for the remainder of the month, vowing again to not disappoint myself royally with the ultimate goal of acing the WSET 3 exam. I hope you’ll forgive me. As my friend Shannon had put so well in her health blog the other day, life happens. I talked about Bordeaux in my last post and definitely will revisit that. I have to. If there’s anything you want to know in the meantime, please leave a comment below.

Oh, what are you doing Friday night? Want to drop by the blog that evening? That’s when I’ll publish my next post. Until then, you can always see what I’m up to on Twitter @VinoVanny or Instagram @VinoVanny.

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