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Crémant de Loire- AOC by decree on 17th October 1975
 
 
 
Sparkling
     
 

Subtle on the nose, pleasantly fresh on the palate, this wine always sparkles whatever the occasion.


 

The vineyard
Geographical location: The Crémant de Loire production area covers the appellation zones of Anjou, Saumur and Touraine. It is mainly made in the Saumur area.

 
 

Surface area: 1,200 ha (3,000 acres)
History: The product of a long Loire tradition of sparkling winemaking, the Crémant de Loire AOC came into being when the INAO drew up a very strict set of specifications to regulate the production of Crémant (slightly sparkling) wine nationally. Thanks to the traditional skills of the winegrowers and merchants and to ideal production conditions, Crémant de Loire has gradually been able to develop.
Types of soil: The extensive geographical area covered by the Crémant AOC explains why its soils, climates and therefore grape varieties vary to such a wide extent.

 

The wine
Annual production:
80,000 hl including 10% rosé
Basic yield: 50 hl/ha
Grape varieties: Chenin, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pineau d'Aunis, with blending constraints favouring traditional grape varieties.
Dominant growing practices: Density of 4,500 to 5,000 plants/ha. Single Guyot pruning.
Technical constraints: Manual harvesting in slatted boxes. 150kg of pressed grapes give just 100l of juice. Maturing on racks for at least 12 months.

Tasting
Sensory characteristics:
Crystal clear appearance with glints of grey or straw yellow, or with shades of gold; salmon to cherry pink appearance for rosés.
Nose of white fruits, balm, hazelnut, almond and sometimes a touch of vanilla and liquorice; aromas of small red berries in the rosés.
Fine bubbles, elegant on the palate, fresh (and sometimes jaunty) feel for dry wines, softer on off-dry wines and slightly tannic on rosés.
Serving temperature: 6-8°C, in flutes.
Ageing potential: After the dégorgement process (removal of the plug of frozen lees from the neck of the bottle), which is carried out at the end of maturing on racks, the now-fizzy wines are kept for several more months in the cellar before being marketed. They express themselves fully in the following year, sometimes in the following two to three years.


 
 
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Where to find this wine?
 
This wine will enhance :
White meats in sauce
Also goes well with
 
For a variety of occasions :
Fresh Air Cuisine
A Grand Dinner Party
After The Garden...
A Girls' Night
Brunch Sunday


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