French Crémant such as Crémant de Loire and Crémant de Bourgogne can offer good value versus Champagne and a different style to Prosecco. Decanter's Tasting team make some recommendations...

French Crémant sparkling wines can be produced in specific regions across the country, including the Loire, Burgundy and Limoux. The grape varieties allowed depend on each region’s production rules.

Crémants are made using the ‘traditional method’ – the same method used for Champagne where the second fermentation takes place in the bottle.

Wine expert Susie Barrie MW, writing previously in Decanter magazine, said of Crémants, ‘Although styles vary, these wines tend to show a little more rusticity than Champagne.’

French Crémant to try:

Domaine Collin, Crémant de Limoux, Brut, Cuvée Sélection

Domaine Collin, Crémant de Limoux, Brut, Cuvée Sélection

The Collin family has made Champagne for generations but Philippe Collin moved to Limoux to establish his own domaine, where land is a fraction of the price and the region has a history of fine sparkling. The local Mauzac grape here has been replaced by a classic Champagne blend. It’s…

Points 91
Bailly-Lapierre, Crémant de Bourgogne, Vive la Joie, 2009

Bailly-Lapierre, Crémant de Bourgogne, Vive la Joie, 2009

Matured for around 10 months in stainless steel before spending a further 36 months on its lees in bottle. The result is a complex and intense wine with a zesty but creamy mouthfeel. Citrus, vanilla and wood open up to reveal intense green apple, nut and sweet spice undertones.

Points 90
Moutard, Crémant de Bourgogne, Les Vignolles, Burgundy

Moutard, Crémant de Bourgogne, Les Vignolles, Burgundy

This Champagne house has had a foot in Burgundy since 2004. Les Vignolles is from a single plot of about 1.5 hectares, 100% Chardonnay. It has a glorious tropical fruit character with a touch of cream and spice. A sweet stone fruit note runs through the core and lingers on…

Points 89
Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois, Crémant du Jura, Jura, France

Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois, Crémant du Jura, Jura, France

The Fruitière Vinicole d'Arbois is one of the first cooperative wineries ever established in France, founded in 1906. It now has almost 100 members covering a vineyard area of 270 hectares.This is a salty, yeasty cremant with notes of brioche and a lovely balanced mouthfeel. It has a zesty acidity,…

Points 90
Zinck, Crémant d’Alsace, Brut, Alsace, France

Zinck, Crémant d’Alsace, Brut, Alsace, France

This traditional method sparkling wine made from 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc is a lovely alternative to the better known crémants of France, and even preferable to some bargain basement Champagnes. This is a crisp, fresh style but with plenty of depth and restrained richness from…

Points 89
Langlois-Château, Crémant de Loire, Brut, Loire, France

Langlois-Château, Crémant de Loire, Brut, Loire, France

Fresh orchard-fruit aromas burst from the glass of this easy-drinking Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay blend. In the mouth it is honeyed and balanced with an Old World feel. A good-value winter party fizz from a Bollinger– owned estate.

Points 88
Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot, Crémant du Jura, Jura, France

Domaine Jean-Louis Tissot, Crémant du Jura, Jura, France

Founded in 1969, this 16 hectare estate is located in Montigny-les-Arsures. This cremant has a supple mouthfeel with some baked apple Chardonnay richness accompanied by sweet spices. A bit on the light side but well balanced and good value.

Points 88

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