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Dear Dr. Vinny,
What exactly does the term "crémant" mean on sparkling wine? Is it simply a sparkling wine from France—other than Champagne—or is there something more to it?
"Crémant" (pronounced "cray-mont") originally indicated a less-bubbly style of sparkling wine. Think gentle fizz, not the nose-tingling experience of some bubblies.
You're correct that the term is also used to designate sparkling wines made by the méthode champenoise but falling outside the boundaries of the Champagne region. Crémants might also be made from grapes other than the traditional Champagne varieties. Crémant d'Alsace, for example, can be made from Pinot Blanc, Riesling or Pinot Gris.